Artistry of the Senses

Our 26-acre estate is one of Rutherford’s prime vineyard sites known for producing high-quality, small quantity Bordeaux varietals. Over the last eleven years, winemaker, Jeff Cole, has mastered his approach of producing bold wines that reflect a traditional style with today’s finest winemaking techniques. Produced from our estate vineyards, the J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve wines represent the core of our vision which is larger than one person, place, or time. Building upon Sullivan’s 50+ year history and the vision of founder James O’Neil Sullivan, we invite you to explore our current offering of excellence through these unique bottlings.

Current Release

2021 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot

The 2021 J.O. Founder’s Reserve Merlot is unique in its decadence. The structure and complexity that define this wine reflect the gravelly-sandy-loam soils in which the fruit is grown. A warmer climate has shaped the fruit profile to be more generous, exotic, and giving. Purpose built; the Merlot reveals intricate notes of blueberries, hints of tobacco leaves, and a whisper of toasty vanilla, it gracefully unfolds. Constantly evolving and changing, it stimulates the senses to such a degree that one experience with this wine is not enough.


“The full-bodied palate is so, so velvety, with loads of earthy and black fruit layers and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering ferrous note.” — 94 Points – The Wine Independent

One of the finest Merlots in the vintage and will evolve for two decades.

“A blend of 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, aged 22 months in 82% new barrels, it’s full-bodied, concentrated, has ripe, fine-grained tannins, integrated acidity, and a gorgeous finish.” 97 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

Current Release

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

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. With a tarry, structured profile, this dense Cabernet introduces minerality for a unique dimension. Meticulously crafted, flawless tannins 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.


“The full-bodied palate is chock full of rich black fruit preserves and savory layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and peppery/spicy.”
95 Points – The Wine Independent

Just about pure perfection.

“Checking in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 80% new
French oak, this deep purple-hued beauty boasts a gorgeous perfume of blackcurrants, creme de cassis, spicy wood, chocolate, and hints of tobacco leaf. These all carry to a rich, full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with the vintage’s more inward, structured profile, building yet flawless tannins, and incredible balance between its richness and elegance.” 98+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck

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The J.O. Sullivan Collection is available first to those in our private membership. To request an allocation, kindly submit the form below. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.


Private Membership

Become a Founder’s member to receive first access to the J.O. Sullivan Collection. Gain access to library and large format bottles, invitations to special events and bespoke experiences at the Estate and across the globe.

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