2021 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2021 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a masterpiece of opulence and sophistication. Born from a vintage marked by reduced yields and ideal conditions, this inky, deeply flavored wine showcases aromas of elderberry, blackberry compote, and dark chocolate. Its dense structure, refined tannins, and intriguing minerality reflect the Estate’s exceptional terroir. With meticulous craftsmanship and flawless balance, this Cabernet promises a journey of complexity and grace. Enjoy its profound depth now or cellar it to experience its full evolution over the next two decades. A true testament to the Estate’s 50+ years of winemaking excellence.

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    Vintage Summary

    The 2021 vintage set the stage for wines that promised exceptional richness and enduring charm, and it absolutely delivered. Napa Valley encountered a parched winter extending into spring, with intermittent rains rejuvenating the vines. Despite a few sporadic heat spikes, the vines thrived in relatively mild and consistent temperatures, ensuring uniform fruit maturation. With yields reduced by 30%, the vines prioritized ripening only what they could. The outcome: a vintage with diminished yields, offering petite, intensely flavored berries crafting wines of notable density, concentration, and vigor.

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    Winemaker Notes

    The 2021 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a profound masterpiece, an inky marvel of depth. Its enchanting aroma reveals distilled notes of elderberry, blackberry compote, and spice, with rich dark chocolate undertones. This dense Cabernet, with a tarry, structured profile, introduces minerality for a unique dimension. Meticulously crafted, flawless tannins seamlessly intertwine, striking a harmonious balance between opulence and grace. The sophistication and depth testify to the Estate’s world-class soils, resulting in the most complete wine in its 50+ year history. Anticipate a journey of enjoyment over the next two decades.

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    • Appellation


    • Vineyard

      Sullivan Rutherford Estate

    • Varietals

      89% Cabernet Sauvignon
      11% Merlot

    • Production

      500 cases

    • Winemaker

      Jeff Cole

    • Barrel Aging

      22 months
      85% New French Oak

    • Alcohol


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