70% Cabernet Sauvignon, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley
30% Merlot, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley
Celebrating a quarter century of farming and winemaking since our family opened the tasting room at Sunstone in 1994, we blended the 2014 Founders Reserve from a very limited selection of our best vintage lots. With respect for our heritage, this commemorative edition bottling would not be authentic without adorning each bottle with the original Sunstone logo, printed in gold leaf. Founders Reserve exemplifies the magnificence of our sacred estate vineyard site that we are honored to share with you.
The result of a cool vintage, this medium-bodied wine displays intense aromas of wild blackberries, plums, and Bing cherry preserves, which give way to subtle sage, mint and anise, followed by dark chocolate malt, dried herbs, and toasty oak vanilin. Delicious now, this wine will gracefully mature over the next 1-6 years, until 2022.
Hand-picked at 24.7-25.5° Brix in October 2014, the grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed into small open top fermenters, cold-soaked for 2-days, and spent an average of 10-days on skins. After aging for 17 months in 50% new French oak, the wine was filtered and bottled to 320 cases of 12/750mL bottles in July, 2016.