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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 1992 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1994
Cabernet Sauvignon 13%,
Cabernet Franc 3%.
Beautiful dark color. The warm 2009 vintage produced
a very fine and generous Merlot. It is already drinking
gorgeously. The wine has a stunning bouquet of berries,
fresh blooming flowers, cedar shavings, and mocha. On the
palate, it is incredibly long, lush, and soft, with pure fruit and
melted caramel. This is a truly hedonistic Merlot and a fine
example of why I love making this varietal.
"Though 2009 was a difficult vintage
for Washington Merlot, this is a truly luscious wine.
It welcomes the taster instantly with massive, generous
fruit cloaked in toasty, chewy, mocha and caramel flavors.
Tasted over the course of 48 hours, it held up well,
developing broad, well-integrated flavors of berries to
complement the hedonistic oak. Sure to be a favorite
among all the current releases from Leonetti."
"A Merlot with admirable restraint, this shows a lively balance of raspberry and roasted meat flavors, finishing against fine tannins. Has freshness and immediate appeal, but there’s more underneath that cellaring could bring out. Drink now through 2019."
"Deep red-ruby. Very ripe, slightly medicinal aromas of kirsch, black raspberry and licorice. Dense, powerful and dark in the mouth, with a slightly tough quality to the mulberry and licorice flavors. Finishes with good length, but the wine's serious tannic spine and a late peppery quality leave the finish a bit rigid today. Will this tightly coiled, very primary wine unwind with several years in bottle? Chris Figgins notes that very hot weather from mid-June to July was harder on the merlot in 2009 than it was on the cabernet sauvignon, and that the merlot struggled to achieve physiological ripeness.
International Wine Cellar
Exclusive production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have been the hallmark of Gary Figgins' Leonetti Cellar winery in the suburbs of Walla Walla. Grapes from his own vineyard and from other nearby properties are used to create these rich and robust varietal wines. The attractive new winery building made of native stone houses barrel storage and fermenting tanks.
So nice, they say it twice...
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.
In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...Read More About Walla Walla Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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