2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Merlot, which was already in bottle at the time of this tasting, offers an elegant, yet sexy style, with gorgeous black raspberry and creme de cassis fruit, toast, dried spices and licorice, with hints of background tobacco and green herbs, all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, plump, pure and layered, with a fabulous texture and a big finish, it’s a beautiful wine to drink over the coming decade or more. (JD)
*Editors' Choice* Leonetti’s Merlot is the only wine among their four annual releases to debut a year early. It’s a good thing with this wine, which is smooth and packed with rich black-cherry and cassis fruit flavors. Also in the blend are small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The tannins are slightly granular, and soaked with cocoa flavor, giving it. (PG)
This has great presence, offering blueberry, currant and spice notes that arch beautifully on the long finish, wrapped in gentle tannins. Best from 2015 through 2020. (HS)
Bright, full medium red. Pungent aromas and flavors of redcurrant, huckleberry and spicecake: smells juicy! Sweet, smooth and fairly full in the mouth, with lovely ripe acidity keeping the mid-palate fresh. Not yet particularly complex but that will come with a few years in the cellar. As fresh as this wine is, it will rely more on its tannins than its acids for longevity and future development. "The 2012s remind me of the 2008s," offered Chris Figgins. "We had perfectly average temperatures during the growing season, and it will be a super-solid vintage to drink before the ‘10s and ‘11s. The ‘10s are our biggest lay-down vintage, along with the 2005s." (ST)
The 2012 Leonetti Merlot is composed from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Cabernet Franc (5.5%) and Petit Verdot (1.5%) from the Loess, Seven Hills, Mill Creek Upland and Leonetti Old Block vineyards. It is aged for 14 months in neutral French oak puncheons and botti.