1994 Leonetti Washington Merlot

SKU #930032 94 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 1996, Cellar Selection* Smooth and broad. Disarmingly pure berry and cherry flavors with lovely, complex notes of spice, leather and vanilla on the finish.  (7/1996)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1994 Merlot offers an extremely dark color and a magnificently expressive nose of jammy blackberries and cassis soaked in a myriad of oak spices. This powerful, full-bodied, concentrated, and intensely thick wine is crammed with candied red and black cherries, Asian spices, chocolate, and vanilla cream. A testimony to his considerable winemaking skills, this massive wine is not ponderous. (PR)  (10/1998)

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.