2016
Legend Vineyard Exclusive

Chardonnay
Description

The LVE Collection by John Legend is the perfect harmony of passion, eloquence and Napa Valley tradition, LVE wines are a unique series of rich, soulful and complex notes inspired by true love, produced in collaboration with Napa Valley’s renowned Raymond Vineyards. Legend Vineyard Exclusive was a dream long in the making. As with his music, John searched for the right collaborator, a vineyard whose pursuit of the perfect blend and standards of excellence equaled his own. With roots deep in the Napa Valley and award-winning wines known for beautiful balance, finesse and power, Raymond Vineyards was the perfect match. LVE brings together classic elegance, rich complexity and modern soul.

SCORE: 91 | NOVEMBER 2, 2018 | WINE SPECTATOR

 

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Our 2016 LVE Chardonnay is toasty and balanced, Its rich nose delivers aromas of Bosc pear, star jasmine and cardamom.

Palate: 

Full, rich and long on the palate, it’s reminiscent of caramelized butter and toasted almonds.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

A mix of Old Wente and Clone 15, the fruit for our Chardonnay comes from three blocks from a single vineyard in Carneros on mostly clay loam soils. The Chardonnay in the Carneros region is more broad and rich across the palate. The area is foggy and windy which delays ripening so the fruit will come in later with a higher acidity. The wine was 100% barrel fermented in a mix of Francois Frere, Saury and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels – 38% new – for 11 months before bottling. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation with a mix of native and inoculated ferments.  

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Carneros
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • pH: 3.63
  • TA:  4.9 g/L
  • Ageing:
    • 11 Months
    • 100% French oak 
    • 38% New 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Salmon or Butter Poached Lobster
Cheese & Nuts:
Soft-ripened Cheeses
$45