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Vineyard 36 Foundation blend offers a powerful tension between cool-climate Merlot from Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard in Carneros, matched with bold Cabernet Sauvignon from Candlestick Ridge Vineyard on Howell Mountain. The Merlot brings a captivating elegance, and rich, supple fruits, while the Howell Mount Cabernet contributes powerful depth and structure to the wine. Professional athletes Cam Ward and Tim Gleason and their friend Jason Earnest own Vineyard 36, and it’s one of my favorite brands that we discovered last year. At $45, you’ll want in on this barnburner.

The 2018 vintage of Foundation was built around a base of 80% Merlot from Beckstoffer Las Amigas in Carneros and elevated with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from the summit of Howell Mountain at an elevation of about 2,250 feet. The diversity in both terroirs stunningly showcases the wine with precise definition, balance, and length.

Ironically, Vineyard 29 winery produces Vineyard 36, no relation. Vineyard 29 is one of Napa Valley’s most innovative wineries with everything from gravity flow tanks to an optical sorter that’s programmed algorithmically. It was crafted by Keith Emerson, who also makes Vineyard 29’s high-scoring Cabernets.

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"Generous Bing cherry and blackberry aromas along with hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cedar. Juicy and lush upon entry with red and black fruits, creamy milk chocolate, velvety texture and a soft and supple tannin profile. The body is full and rich with such elegance and length and the fruit is fleshy and ripe without being overripe. Such harmony. Crafted to be thoroughly enjoyed upon release, our proprietary re wine will also continue to improve for well over a decade if one chooses to wait that long!”

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Weight3.2 lbs
Dimensions11.5 × 3 × 3 in


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