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2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot

SKU #1055025 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *Cellar Selection* This is 100% varietal, from the Loess, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, and Mill Creek Upland vineyards. A deep, intense take on Merlot, it’s so dark and concentrated that it dances on the )edge of bitterness, but in a style reminiscent of the finest Italian Merlots, that use that flavor to define and elucidate a dark and potent wine. In the mouth it fills out with luscious cherry and plum and blackberry fruit, baking chocolate, coconut and nougat. Yet it remains sleek and stylish, with a strong licorice note. Inner quote mark (8/2010)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Merlot (100%) spent 15 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It exhibits an aromatic array of smoke, spice box, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Elegant on the palate with excellent volume, concentrated, spicy flavors, and a hint of minerality, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022 if not longer. (JM) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good bright red. Smoky red fruits and musky wilder notes of tobacco and tea leaf on the nose. At once silky and precise; shapely, almost voluptuous, but without any undue weight. Builds impressively on the back end, finishing with very suave, sweet tannins and lingering red fruits. Incidentally, Chris Figgins describes his 2008 reds as more generous than his 2007s, but says the earlier vintage has a more classic structure and balance and may age longer. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2010)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note given. Inner quote mark (12/2010)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This red is crisp in texture and reticent with its tobacco-accented berry flavors that linger well, giving up raspberry, clove and wet earth character. The tannins get in the way, but there's a nice wine in there. Inner quote mark (11/2010)

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