It was good, a bit youthful. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle--as much as would have been expected with a much older bottle. I decanted for 90 minutes and the at first impossible nose began to open and revealed cranberry and then some aging plum. A few hours after it was opened there were notes of violets on the nose. Medium body, lingering finish of vanilla and baking spice. 50+5+12+17+7
Sat in the decanter for one hour. Lots of barrel notes on the nose and palate. Almost Scotch-like. A rib-eye and air helped smooth it out. Red fruit, loam, leather, and plums. Soft on the palate but rocking tannins on the finish suggest years left.
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(Leonetti Cellar Merlot Walla Walla Valley) This is the first time Leonetti Cellar’s Merlot has been 100% variety since the 2000 vintage, a reflection of winemaker Chris Figgins’ confidence in the fruit from this vintage. A complex nose with silky oak aromas mixed with bittersweet chocolate, earth, black licorice, and red and black fruit. Tightly wound at present on the palate with abundant cherry fruit and lithe tannins. Give two to three years. 100% Merlot. Loess, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, and Mill Creek Upland vineyards. Aged 15 months in new and used French oak.
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