2016
Legend Vineyard Exclusive

Red Blend
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, sugar plum and black cherry, with a hint of black pepper. 

Palate: 

The harmonious blend of structured tannins from the Petite Sirah with the suppleness of Merlot from Oak Knoll creates a complex wine with length and persistence on the palate accompanied by notes of earth and cocoa nibs.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The grapes for this Red Wine are from a blend of three vineyard sources. The Petite Sirah is from a vineyard in Rutherford that is mostly Pleasonton Loam (gravelly sand over clay over sand. This provides the backbone and the structure for the wine. The Merlot from Rutherford has structure and tannins while the Merlot from Oak Knoll with the cooler climate on Haire Clay Loam soils provides more mid palate weight and density to balance out the heavy tannins of the Petite Sirah and Merlot from Rutherford.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Varietal: 
    • 57% Petite Sirah
    • 43% Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
  • pH: 3.55
  • TA:  6.1g/L 
  • Ageing:
    •  21 months in French oak barrels
    • 33% New oak barrels
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Beef Tenderloin with Blackberry Dressing
Cheese & Nuts:
Gruyere Monte Christo Sandwich
SKU:
LEREN163
$50