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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Leonetti Merlot 2009
Leonetti Merlot 2009
(search item no. 108922)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1992 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1994

Merlot 78%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%, Malbec 5%, 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.

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About Leonetti 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.