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2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot

SKU #1158132 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Aromas of sandalwood and anise join red cherry compote, mocha and spicy undertones. Then the fresh, vibrant and energetic palate boasts layers of bright red fruits which meld with velvety tannins, chocolate and sagebrush tones. This outstanding Merlot (85% in this vintage) is drinking beautifully now but will cellar well for decades to come. (OB) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. *Editors' Choice* (PG) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has great presence, offering blueberry, currant and spice notes that arch beautifully on the long finish, wrapped in gentle tannins. (HS) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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