Each year we make a handful of discoveries that are so inspiring, that the guys on our tasting panel can sometimes sell the wine completely out the instant it arrives in our warehouse.  Vineyard 36 is one of those wines, and when we tasted their 2016 Thirty Six Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard earlier this year, the wine disappeared in an instant.  As luck would have it, we just tasted their 2017 Foundation Proprietary Red, which includes 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer George III heightened with Merlot from Beckstoffer Vineyards in Oak Knoll.  We kept the wine hidden in our warehouse, just long enough to send you this note, (we hope). The wine was made at Vineyard 29, which is one of Napa Valley’s most innovative wineries with everything from gravity flow tanks to an optical sorter that can be programmed algorithmically…  It was crafted by Winemaker Keith Emerson who also makes Vineyard 29’s Cabernets…

Vineyard 36 is a partnership between professional athletes Cam Ward and Tim Gleason and their friend Jason Earnest.  With a shared goal of producing exceptional wines sourced from premier estates that express the diversity of Napa Valley’s finest terroirs, this is truly a winery to watch.  Wines of this quality and caliber at this price don’t not come around often, so I highly recommend grabbing what you can for your cellar, before this one disappears.



Winery Notes: “Explosive red and black fruit aromas are complimented by hints of violets, perfume, baking spices and vanilla.  Bright Bing cherry, hints of sandalwood and clove with a mouthwatering acid profile, medium-full body and velvety tannin structure.  A slight mineral, slate component adds a nuance to this fresh, approachable red blend.  Drinkable upon release, will age gracefully for 10+ years.”

2017 Foundation Proprietary Red

Andy Beckstoffer is a Legendary Vineyard Owner in Napa Valley, and owns over 1000 acres of vineyard land in Napa. He doesn’t make wine himself, but many of the biggest names in winemaking buy fruit from Beckstoffer — this 2017 Vineyard 36 Foundation Proprietary Red is sourced from 100% Beckstoffer Vineyards Fruit, and is made by Superstar Winemaker Keith Emerson… If you seek under-the-radar producers, world-class winemakers, and iconic vineyard sourcing, then this is for you to grab a case or two — it will go fast.

Blend 86% Orchard Merlot, 14% George III Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Keith Emerson
Region Napa Valley
Sub-Region Oak Knoll & Rutherford
Appellation Napa Valley
Vineyard Orchard Ave Vineyard & Beckstoffer George III Vineyard

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