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2018 Westwood

2018 Westwood "Legend" Proprietary Red Blend, Sonoma County

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SKU: RE:18LEG

Delicious, plump and black fruit forward, the Legend Proprietary blend marries the best blocks of Syrah from our Annadel Gap Vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard in the Knights Valley. Mouth-filling in texture, the wine has heft and weight while being fantastically balanced in the finish.

97 Points - Tasting Panel

In its third vintage, this superbly expressive red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Mourvèdre was fermented by winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky in closed-top stainless steel tanks as well as a French oak upright tank and was aged in (30% new) French oak for 20 months. Scents of jasmine, plum blossom, and mocha are mirrored on the palate, which adds a graceful array of floral notes while ascending to heavenly levels with robust flavors of black raspberry, coffee, and dots of white pepper that cause the mouth to salivate.

95 Points - International Wine Report

The 2018 Legend Red Blend begins with alluring aromatics of ripe black currants and and blackberries which are beautifully woven together with exotic spices, chocolate shavings, forest floor, tobacco, and mineral accents that all come together and soar from the glass. On the palate this is every bit as stunning, full-bodied, intense and concentrated, yet displaying remarkable poise and balance. It continues to impress with its wonderful purity, acidity, and depth, as layers of ripe dark fruits, dark cherry, exotic spices and herbal flavors all continue to build and resonate through the long, supple finish. An impressive and flat-out delicious right now, yet should also have an extremely bright future ahead.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

This combines 45% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Mourvèdre, 6% Cabernet Franc and handfuls of Tannat and Petit Verdot. It shows bursts of lavender, game and violet, with traces of white pepper. Altogether the wine is velvety, smooth, softly tannic and robust.

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 Legend Proprietary Red is an interesting blend of 45% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Tannat, and a splash of Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by loads of blackberry and blueberries fruit intermixed with plenty of peppery herbs, menthol, and graphite. This rich, full-bodied effort has a delicious juiciness, polished tannins, and a notable sense of class and balance.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Sonoma County
Harvest Date
10/11/18
Sugar
24.2 Brix at Harvest
Acid
60. g/L
pH
3.87
Aging
20 Months on 30% new French oak
Cases Produced
0.01
Alcohol %
14.6
Wine Profile
Production Notes
The wine was fermented in closed-top stainless steel tanks, open-top stainless steel tanks, and a French oak upright tank, with an average of 22% whole cluster pressed 3 days cold soak and 19 days on skins. Aged in 30% new French oak for 20 months.
Winemaker Notes
Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky, consultants to some of Napa's most highly regarded vineyards, had full control of the winemaking and blending of the 2018 Legend. Like his critically acclaimed 2016 and 2017 Legend, their goal was to craft this proprietary blend, bringing together the best from our own biodynamically farmed Estate, Annadel Gap Vineyard, complimented with specially sourced organic and sustainable wines from Sonoma County and Napa Valley.