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2018 Foundation  - Vineyard 36


Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Foundation is an attractive Merlot-based blend. Sweet cherry, plum, wild flowers and mint combine in a supple red wine to drink now and over the next few years”

2018 Foundation


A Right Bank Bordeaux inspired wine with a merlot base and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon.


This blend produces a merlot of extraordinary density, with rich, chewy tannins. Holding the promise of a long evolution in bottle. It is balanced, juicy and approachable. Foundation is aged in 40% new thin staved 22mm tight grain French oak Taransaud barrels.


Our merlot vineyard provides small berries and clusters, which produce highly aromatic and well-structured fruit, perfect for our intentions. This matched with the lean soils help to produce intense, age-worthy wine with a complex fruit and mineral layer.

Right Bank Bordeaux: In combination, Pomerol and Saint Emilion have roughly 6,369 hectares planted with grapevines, the entire area known as the Right Bank is much larger and more diverse. While all Bordeaux wines are blends, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the dominant grape varieties produced in the Right Bank which is the source of our inspiration in Foundation.

  • Blend80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerKeith Emerson
  • RegionCarneros and Howell Mountain
  • VineyardLas Amigas Vineyard and Candlestick Ridge Vineyard
  • OakFrench Oak - Francois Ferrer
  • Aging/Cooperage20 months in 40% new French Oak
  • Harvest Date9/27/2018 & 10/10/2018
  • Alcohol14.4%
  • PH3.72
  • TA5.9g/100mLs