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1997 Leonetti Columbia Valley Merlot

SKU #310305 91 points Wine Spectator

 Dense in texture and distinctive in flavor, with floral, spicy, peppery notes swirling around the black cherry flavor at the core. Has more fruit and less obvious oak than previous vintages; as a result it feels a bit raucous now, but there's plenty of character packed into it.  (9/1999)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, licorice, smoke, herbs and spices on the nose, plus a slight medicinal quality. Juicy and intensely flavored, with sound supporting acidity; initially seemed rather hard and lacking in density but became silkier with aeration. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent. (ST)  (9/1999)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Our ’97 Merlot is a deep red wine with a beautifully integrated nose of black fruits, vanillin and anise with toasted oak notes. This wine is very soft in the mouth but backed up with nice structure. A very rich wine, it has a finish that seems to go on for minutes. A classic Leonetti Merlot with good aging potential."

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