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

2019 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot

The 2019 J.O. Founder’s Reserve Merlot is unique in its decadence. The structure and complexity that defines this wine reflects the gravelly-sandy-loam soils from which the fruit is grown in. A warmer climate has shaped the fruit profile to be more generous, exotic, and giving. Purpose built; the Merlot has an intense back bone of blue fruit with a lush, vibrant finish layered with crushed herbs. Constantly evolving and changing, it stimulates the senses to such a degree that one experience with this wine is not enough.


“A full-bodies beauty, it has a wonderful sense of purity, polished tannins, impeccable balance and a great finish. Another stunning wine from this Estate.” 95 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

One of the Best Merlots to Buy Right Now

“Look no further for a serious Merlot than this Founder’s Reserve from Sullivan Rutherford Estate.” — Robb Report

Current Release

2019 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Once again, our oldest block of Cabernet Sauvignon dominates this blend with a splash from some younger blocks that are starting to show true potential. Immediately the savory essence that is the pedigree of this wine is identifiable, but so is ripe brambleberry confection that adds layers and intensity that has never been identified before. The 2019 vintage has put its stamp on the J.O. Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon and has unleashed characteristics that truly make the estate unique.


“An intense back bone of blue fruit with a lush, vibrant finish layered with crushed herbs.”
96 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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