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Russian River Valley

2016 Pinot Noir

This vintage of our Pinot Noir expresses classic Russian River elegance and flavors of dark fruits and forest floor complexity. This wine is round, silky, and elegant with a juicy mid-palate and a wonderful long finish, expressing all the hallmarks and elegance of a great Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.


Flavor Notes

As this wine is poured into your glass, you will notice its beautiful, dark ruby red color. The first impression starts in the nose with intense blackberry fruit aromas, cola and cassis jam followed by a touch of vanilla and tobacco accented with hints of baking spice and red licorice. The wine is richly textured and balanced with a beautiful brightness. Flavors of black cherry, tobacco and sweet barrel spice shine throughout. Fine tannins round out the long, smooth finish.

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6 gms/L




0.77 gms/L




Russian River Valley


100% Pinot Noir


100% Tank Fermented


After resting for 11 months, the final blend was assembled and prepared for bottling. It then evolved in the bottle for an additional 6 months.

The Making Of

Our Owsley and Vine Hill vineyards in the Russian River Valley provided all the Pinot Noir for this lovely vintage.

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. Our Russian River Valley’s swirl showcases its deep rosewood coloring indicative of a finely developed pinot noir and highlights aromas of cola and cassis with a touch of those classic red fruit flavors and a barrel spice.

Awards & Recognition


2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

Pinot noir is one of the most versatile red wines. Pair our silky and elegant Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with a savory beef Wellington or rich and meaty morels.

  • Lamb

  • Beef

  • Mushrooms

  • Root Vegetables

Grilled Tenderloin of Beef with Roquefort Butter

This takes advantage of a French inspired flavored or compound butter. The butter is delicious on all grilled or roasted meats, birds or fish.  Double or triple the butter and store in the freezer to use on grill meats or poultry, of any kind. It’s also delicious on burgers. Serve with sautéed greens, if desired. The rich Founders Reserve Pinot Noir served with this recipe is a special treat.

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Fregola with Wild Mushrooms

Fregola is basically a pasta that is made in the same manner as couscous with coarse ground semolina flour. Fregola is toasted, giving it a nutty, wheaty, roasted taste.  This dish captures complex, earthy flavors.

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Spicy Potato Samosas

These Indian-inspired bites are vegetarian, but even non-vegetarians will love them.The beauty of these Samosas is that they can be made ahead of time and frozen until it’s time to prepare for the party.

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