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Russian River Valley 375ml

2016 Pinot Noir

This smaller format is ideal for picnics and sipping on the patio. 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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6.08 gms/L




0.7 gms/L




Russian River Valley


100% Pinot Noir


100% Tank Fermented


After resting for 10 months, the final blend is assembled and prepared for bottling. It is then allowed to evolve for an additional six months in the bottle.

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


2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


2017 Sommelier Challenge

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 Spiced Spring Lamb Chops With Butter Braised Spinach

In America, we are finally beginning to use and appreciate the world of spices. This simple recipe puts together both savory and sweet spices to flavor the lamb. Pair with Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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Filet-of-Beef with Cambozola and Creamed Spinach

Cambozola is a triple cream, brie-style blue cheese made from cow’s milk in the German region of Allgäu. Alongside is a ramekin of creamed spinach. Creamed spinach has been a steakhouse tradition in New York City in 1887. Today, it’s hard to imagine a steak house that doesn’t serve creamed spinach. What a treat to have a glass of the Founders Reserve Pinot Noir with this rich dish.

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Japanese Braised Pork Belly

Tender, juicy chunks of pork belly that have been braised until tender and glazed in a braising liquid made from soy, ginger, sugar, and soy sauce. There is something wonderful about the velvety texture and flavor of pork belly. This is a very traditional method from Japan. Try it with the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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