Made from their FINEST barrels, this is absolutely delicious, awesomely over-delivering Pinot Noir from two incredible Sangiacomo Vineyards (Roberts Road & Southern Sonoma) both Certified Sustainable.
The Founders Reserve Pinot Noir is bursting with black cherry, dark plum, and sweet tobacco, mingling with undertones of savory spice. It's ripe core of fruit is blanketed in silky soft tannin. Notes of earth are made complete with 60% new French oak, leading to a long, velvety finish.
Roberts Road Vineyard brings lively fruit flavors and nice body, with Swan and Dijon 777 clones by adding a bit of extra texture and weight. Generally riper, bolder flavors, it often does well with more heavily toasted barrels. Sangiacomo Vineyard located in cooler climate Los Carneros adds a layer of Pommard for spice additional richness rounding out the profile.
Picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, all grapes immediately subjected to rigorous hand sorting and refinement process. Whole berries are gently delivered to tank. Cold soaks last five to seven days, and fermentations are managed via a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration ranging from three to four weeks fine-tuned tannin profiles, allowing us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity. This wine was aged 9 months in 100% French oak, 60% of which was new.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyards: Roberts Road, Southern Sonoma
Varietal Composition: Dijon 777, Pommard & Swan
Aging: 100% French Oak, 60% New
pH: 3.7 TA: 6.2 g/L
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Rich concentrated with black fruit, baked plum, graham cracker and coffee are wrapped in a velvety texture that make your taste buds ask for more. Highly recommended!
97 Points - PLATINUM
Opens with fresh lemon and orange aromas followed by more subtle notes of lemon zest and a hue of marzipan. Balanced acidity carries through. Fresh & Aromatic!
93 Points, Gold Medal
This Zinfandel is quintessential Napa style... bursting with flavor now, yet structured with a long life ahead. In a line-up of top Napa Zinfandel. Always a stand out!
Aromas of tropical fruit, pear, apricot, and lemon meringue. There's fresh apple, too, and a nice toasty nut oak component going here along with the creamy, long finish. Perfect year round.
Double Gold Medal
From the heart of the Napa Valley, well known as a premier climate for growing world class Zinfandel. Warm sunny days lead to well ripened grapes and this Zin's jammy side.
90 Points, Double Gold
Rich ruby in color and offers an enticing nose of red currant, cinnamon and blackberry. The palate is opulent, full-bodied, with cocoa-dusted dark chocolate truffle.
Straw in color, verging on gold with aromas of apple, lemon, butterscotch, and a hint of oak. The palate has green apple, but turns more exotic with pineapple, kiwi, and melon. Rich tropical chardonnay.
Red cherry, sweet spice, cranberry, cola... It's just amazingly easy-drinking. Medium garnet and bursting with aromas of cherry, spice, hints of cranberry and tobacco. Delicious!