Leonetti Cellar Merlot 2020 / 750 ml.

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JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 7/9/2022
Always bottled early, the 2020 Merlot is all varietal from a mix of sites in the Walla Walla Valley. It has a juicy, medium to full-bodied, chewy style on the palate as well as good purity in its ripe red and blue fruits, notes of tobacco, scorched earth, and graphite-like aromatics. It has some grippy, chalk tannins, and while rock-solid today, it’s not a wine to hide away in the cellar. (Jeb Dunnuck)

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Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

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JD90 90 pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (7/9/2022)

Always bottled early, the 2020 Merlot is all varietal from a mix of sites in the Walla Walla Valley. It has a juicy, medium to full-bodied, chewy style on the palate as well as good purity in its ripe red and blue fruits, notes of tobacco, scorched earth, and graphite-like aromatics. It has some grippy, chalk tannins, and while rock-solid today, it’s not a wine to hide away in the cellar. (Jeb Dunnuck)

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SKU 59489
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Leonetti Cellar Merlot
Country United States
Region Washington
Product Location - Location-Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.6%
Brand Leonetti Cellar
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Primary Grape Merlot
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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