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Red Blend Reserve, 2016. John Legend LVE

Red Blend Reserve, 2016. John Legend LVE

Item #: XR7117W
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Deep Red
Nose: Blackberry, Violets, Sugar Plum
Palate: Tea and Pepper
Finish: Weighty Tannins
Rating: 91
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Beef, Lamb/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Legend Vineyard Exclusives 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.

Raymond Vineyards boasts an enduring forty-year reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, power and complexity. Today, guided by the vision and passion of Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond is widely hailed as one of the Napa Valley's pre-eminent producers, sustainable winegrowing leaders, and one of the wine world's most dynamic and luxurious winery destinations.

The grapes for this Red Wine are from a blend of three vineyard sources. The Petite Sirah is from a vineyard in Rutherford and from a vineyard in the northern parts of Napa Valley. The Merlot is sourced from Oak Knoll where it is able to ripen at lower sugar and alcohol levels which brings more heat. This brings out more texture in the wine and balances the tannins of the Petite Sirah. The Merlot went through extended maceration with the wines being on the skins for 31 days. The wine was then aged for 20 months in a mix of tight grain, Radoux and Berthomieu French oak barrels.