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Russian River Valley

2015 Pinot Noir

This vintage of our Pinot Noir expresses classic Russian River elegance and flavors of drak 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.



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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




Vine Hill (57%), Owsley (43%)


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


Sonoma County Harvest Fair October 2015

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 Lamb Pork Chops with Pomegranate Molasses and White Beans

Pomegranate molasses is readily available in Middle Eastern grocery stores or online. Pomegranate molasses, also referred to as pomegranate syrup, is a tart-sweet reduction of pomegranate juice with the consistency of maple syrup. Used in the cuisines of the Middle East, India, Armenia, and Georgia, pomegranate molasses varies in taste, color, and viscosity by region.

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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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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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