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    From stowaway and New York cab driver to one of Hollywood’s most successful restaurant owners and founder of his own namesake winery: Jean Leon’s life is the timeless tale of the American dream. Vinya Palau remembers Jean Leon’s origins and pays tribute to his hometown, Santander, the starting point for a life marked by extraordinary success.  This organic, limited-production varietal wine originates from the Vinya Palau vineyard. The small 10-hectare lot is home to Merlot vines planted in 1991.

    A wine that lends full expression to the Merlot variety. Fresh and elegant with sweet tannins. Remarkably long finish with a lovely lift of acidity.

    APPEARANCE

    Deeply opaque, intense red color with a bright rim indicative of its good condition

    NOSE

    Plum; ripe dark fruit; licorice; balsamics

    PALATE

    Good acidity; fresh; sweet and rounded tanins

    Variety
    100% Merlot

    Aging
    12 months in French oak; bottle aged for 6 months or more

    Limited production
    14.133 bottles

    ABV
    14.5%

    Vinification
    20 days (skin contact + fermentation)

    Harvest
    September 18th–21st

    Ideal with poultry like duck magret with red fruit sauce. Lovely with white fish like cod.

    Single Vineyard Wine. Highest D.O. classification. Wines that originate from a single vineyard, a specific type of soil, and a microclimate that encourages maximum expressivity.

    Map
    Vinya Palau

    Vineyard Size
    10 hectares

    Vineyard

    1991 Planting of Merlot vines in the Vinya Palau parcel

    Soil
    Calcareous clay, arenaceous with gravel

    Viticulture

    Organic since 2008

    Viart 2019

     

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    2015 vintage

    – 92 points, JamesSuckling.com 2019

    2014 vintage

    – 91 points, Peñín 2020

    – 91 points, Proensa 2019

    100% Merlot

    12 months in French oak; bottle aged for 6 months or more

    Limited production
    14.133 bottles