2015 Leonetti Cellar Merlot
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $79.94 (reg. $84.94)
"Leonetti Cellar remains a benchmark Washington winery"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There has never been a better time to love great Merlot, especially when it’s in the hands of one of Washington State’s best winemakers, Chris Figgins. Right up with Quilceda Creek, Leonetti Cellars is one of Washington’s finest estates, producing Bordeaux varieties (and Sangiovese) that stand with the best of the Walla Walla AVA. The 2015 Leonetti Merlot is a focused, opulent expression showing polished dark fruit and floral elements along with all the charm that this variety is known to bring and we have it today at the best price around.
The Wine Advocate writes that “Leonetti's Merlot is always a contender for the Merlot of the vintage” and the 2015 vintage was one to remember in Washington yielding “extravagantly ripe, deep, showy wines with substantial ripe tannins” that will “surprise with their longevity” (Vinous). The 2015 is sourced primarily from the Leonetti Estate ‘Old Block’ Vineyard, which is the oldest vineyard in the Walla Walla AVA. The roots of these old vines go deep into the unique Onyx soil type and yield a wonderfully floral and mineral-tinged Merlot.
Gary Figgins started Leonetti back in 1978 and with his son Chris at the helm today the winery has earned multiple 100-point scores, putting their family operation firmly among the top tier of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Dollar for dollar Leonetti’s Merlot always compares well to Bordeaux and Napa examples at higher prices, so get in now while quantities last! Cheers!