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Leonetti Cellars, Merlot Columbia Valley 2004
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Leonetti Cellars, Merlot Columbia Valley 2004

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Notes from Bowler Wine:

"Founded by Gary and Nancy Figgins, in 1977 Leonetti Cellar (named for Gary’s grandparents) became the first bonded winery in Walla Walla. Almost immediately their exceptional wines set the standard for Washington and over the past three decades they have vigorously worked to maintain that excellence.

The wines are bold and expressive but also balanced and structured. Although delicious on release, the wines age beautifully. All of the wines are aged in a mix of old and new French oak for 15-22 months and total production is around 5500 cases. Leonetti remains strongly rooted in family tradition and the goal hasn’t changed in all these years, simply to produce the greatest wines they possibly can."

Notes from the Winemaker:

"Perhaps the most prominent event of the 2004 vintage weather occurred while the vines were still deep in slumber. On January 4th, the temperature dropped below zero for the first time since ‘96, causing yield reducing bud damage in most of our Walla Walla Valley merlot blocks. Fortunately, the vineyards we purchase from in the Columbia Valley fared better. Add to that the fact that Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates was generous enough to allow us to “cherry-pick” some merlot from their Canoe Ridge Estate vineyard, so that we were not down in total production. The growing season itself was quite wonderful – as an early bud-break led to an extended growing season.

The wines nose consists of bright floral aromatics, elderberry, red and black crème fruits and spicy yet subdued notes of balsam, pencil shavings, and pine. The palate is broad and fat with a soft, long, yet lively finish that brings back merlot lovers to this wine again and again."

United States
Columbia Valley
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Sandy loam
Aged in new and second fill French and American oak barrels for 14 months.