La Passion de Légionnaire • Merlot

La Passion de Légionnaire • Merlot


While the mantle of history rests on the shoulders of generals and kings, it is lifted by the efforts of the anonymous faithful. Le Passion de Legionnaire places Merlot, the most significant confidant to Cabernet Sauvignon in center stage.

VARIETAL: 100% Merlot
VINEYARD: 100% Starlane Vineyard
APPELATION/AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
CASES: 165
ALC: 14.1%
TASTING NOTES: Black pepper, dark chocolate, blackberry, blueberry and cinnamon
PRODUCTION: 100% destemmed, cold soaked for 4 days. Pumpovers twice daily, until pressed to barrel. Battonnage daily for 5 months.
FERMENTATION: Fermented using native yeasts. Pressed at 4 brix into 7 new Cadus and Sylvan barrels to finish fermentation.
Aged 10 months in 100% new French Oak barrels. Racked only for bottling.
STARLANE VINEYARD: Situated on the Eastern edge of Santa Ynez Valley in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. With vineyard elevations 750 to 1550 feet above sea level, microclimates emerge within the site to produce a beautiful and diverse palette that helps create a distinct range of estate fruit hand.

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