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2010 Leonetti Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(100% merlot, as in 2008 and 2005):  Bright ruby-red.  Blackberry and licorice on the nose.  Densely packed and vibrant but backward, with terrific cut and penetration to the black fruit and licorice flavors.  Finishes with firm tannins and excellent black fruit persistence.  Chris Figgins describes 2010 as "a perfect year, like 2005, requiring no acidification."  This structured and very promising merlot will need patience, and may well merit an even higher rating down the road.

93 Points | Wine Spectator

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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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