2019
Legend Vineyard Exclusive

Red Blend
SKU: LEREN193
$58
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$46.40 Member Price*
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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.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

The LVE Napa Valley Red opens with rich aromas of black currant, and sugar plum, with a hint black pepper. 

Palate: 

The harmonious blend of structured tannins from the Petite Sirah with the suppleness of Merlot creates a complex wine with length and persistence on the palate accompanied by notes of espresso and mocha.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The grapes for this Red Wine are from a blend of three vineyard sources. The Merlot is from Calistoga and helps give more overall fruit lift to the aromatics. The Cabernet Franc is from a vineyard in St Helena where the warmer climate helps tame some of the angularity inherent to the Cabernet Franc. The Petite Sirah is from a vineyard in Rutherford. The Rutherford soil helps enhance the inherent structure and tannins that are present in Petite Sirah. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc went through extended maceration with the wines being on the skins for 39 days. The Petite Sirah was pressed off at dryness so as not to over extract the tannins. The wine was then aged for 19 months in small French oak barrels (Leroi) – 11% new– before being bottled.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Varietal: 
    • 65% Merlot
    • 30% Petite Sirah
    • 5% Cabernet Franc.
  • Alcohol: % ABV
  • pH: 3.69
  • TA: 5.8g/L 
  • Ageing:
    •  19 months in French oak barrels
    • 11% New oak barrels
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Beef Tenderloin with Blackberry Dressing
Cheese & Nuts:
Hard Cheeses & Brie and Guyere
Sauces:
Blackcurrant Glaze