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Founders Reserve

2018 Pinot Noir
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Founders Reserve

2018 Pinot Noir

Each year our winemakers choose their favorite barrels from that harvest to craft our Founders Reserve wines. Sonoma-Cutrer Pinots are known for being profoundly complex and this wine showcases the “best of the best” of our estate-grown fruit from our Owsley and Vine Hill Ranch vineyards. This is an intense vintage with a beautiful deep garnet hue when poured into the glass.

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About this Wine

Founders Reserve

On the nose, you will find rich dark characters of black cherry, black raspberry, dark chocolate and caramelized sugar with hints of earthy forest floor and black tea. Full-bodied, the wine is richly textured with powerful flavors of juicy black berry fruits , dark chocolate and all spice. This bold Pinot Noir is not for the faint of heart!

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Flavor Notes


Black Cherry









3.5 RS g/L


100% Pinot Noir


100% Tank Fermented

Pairs well with

Beef, Duck, Hearty Pasta, Mushrooms, Root Vegetable

Virtual Swirl

Virtual Swirl

Tasting wine begins well before the liquid ever touches your lips – it starts with a look, a swirl, and an intake of breath. The swirl serves to open your vintage and introduces oxygen which creates a bouquet of aromas and allows you to gauge viscosity and alcohol content. The Founders Reserve’s swirl showcases its rich texture and long tears, an inherent to this signature vintage’s elevated alcohol content, and an aroma of soft fall flavors indicative of pear, butterscotch, and baked apple.

  • Gold 2022 North Coast Wine Challenge
  • Gold 2022 West Coast Wine Competition
  • Double Gold 2020 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition
  • Gold 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Gold 2021 Harvest Terroir Challenge
  • 90 Points 2022 North Coast Wine Challenge
  • 91 Points 2021 Harvest Terroir Challenge
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