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Founders Reserve

2015 Pinot Noir

Instantly, one notices the beautifully intense, deep, garnet hue of the wine. This profoundly complex vintage yet again showcases the quality of fruit we receive from our Vine Hill Vineyard. Like all of our Founders Reserve Pinot Noirs, this vintage is crafted for longevity. Cellaring for another 2-4 years will allow the wine to continue to build complexity while softening the tannins.

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Flavor Notes

Instantly, one notices the beautifully intense, deep, garnet hue of the wine. This profoundly complex vintage yet again showcases the quality of fruit we receive from our Vine Hill Vineyard. On the nose, earthy accents and fragrant tobacco contrast the enticing aromas of blackberries, black cherry and dark chocolate. This full-bodied and richly textured wine is powerful, yet approachable with flavors on the palate of allspice and bramble fruit, which you can taste throughout the lengthy finish of the wine. The intense flavors make this the perfect Pinot Noir for Cabernet drinkers!

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Alcohol

14.1%

TA

5.89gms/L

PH

3.61

RS

0.32 gms/L

Vintage

2015

Appellation

Vine Hill

Composition

100% Pinot Noir

Fermentation

Tank fermented.

Maturation

The aging process for our Pinot Noir utilizes a regimen of one-third each new, once-used, and twice-used French oak. After aging in barrel for 16 months, the final blend was assembled for bottling.

The Making Of

Our Vine Hill Vineyard provided the fruit for this vintage from blocks BB and CC. Vine Hill Vineyard, with its more than 400-ft. elevation change contributes unique characteristics to the grapes.

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.

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile red wines and pairs well with many dishes. A bold vintage with dark berry fruit flavors like our distinctive Founders Reserve Pinot Noir pairs well with rich and hearty ingredients like mushrooms, duck, roast chicken and decadent pastas.

  • Duck

  • Hearty Pasta

  • Mushrooms

  • Beef

  • Root Vegetables

Risotto & Brie Croquettes

Savory bite-sized appetizers perfect for tailgating at the game or on the couch. Pair with Les Pierres Chardonnay.

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Pork Stew with White Beans and Butternut Squash

This is a simple and rustic stew that could also be prepared in the slow cooker. It’s perfect for the fall season. The rich Owsley Pinot Noir is a treat when paired with this stew.

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Roast Beef with Bèarnaise

For a truly special meal, make this recipe – using the Reverse Searing Method – your centerpiece. Most roast recipes start by browning the outside first to develop a richly flavored crust before finishing it in the oven. Reverse searing is just the opposite. First, cook the roast in a low oven until it’s just about done. You can do this a couple hours ahead of time. By cooking the roast at low temperature, you ensure the roast will be evenly cooked.
When you are ready to serve, sear the roast in a hot pan or very hot oven to develop the delicious crust. Searing the already cooked meat takes less time than browning raw meat and does away with that gray outer ring that develops when you cook the roast the traditional way. Also, you don’t have to let the meat rest before carving.

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