Vine Hill Pinot Noir

2016 Pinot Noir

Vine Hill Vineyard, with its more than 400 ft. elevation change, allows each ridge, slope, and valley in the vineyard to contribute unique characteristics to the grapes. Combined with a variety of soils and clones, high-density spacing and rootstocks that limit excessive vine growth, the vineyards provide a beautiful variety of elegant and balanced fruit.



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Flavor Notes

On the palate, rich deep flavors of blackberry and barrel spice deliver a lingering finish of fine grained tannins. While this beautiful vintage is ready to enjoy now, it will benefit from two-four years of additional bottle age.

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Vine Hill


100% Pinot Noir


100% Malolactic


Oak aged for a total of 16 months – 33% New, 33% 1 yr., 33% 2 yr.

The Making Of

After aging in barrel for sixteen months, the final blend was assembled for bottling on Nov 21, 2017 and
allowed to evolve in bottle for an additional six months.

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

This robust Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with an elegant meal and rich, earthy foods.

  • Duck

  • Beef

  • Mushrooms

  • Dark Chocolate

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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Polenta with Mushrooms

Soy sauce combined with butter is one of the great flavor combinations on rice, greens, poached eggs, grilled meat, fish and more! These flavors weave beautifully together with the Sonoma-Cutrer Founders Reserve Pinot Noir.

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Pan Seared Duck with Blackberry Sage Sauce

Delight guests with something different this holiday! The blackberry sage sauce can be made ahead, refrigerated and reheated. Serve with an earthy combination of pan-roasted mushrooms and sautéed greens. Note the cooking method starts with a cold pan. Gradually heating draws out more of the fat and crisps the skin of the duck.

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