2017 Foundation Red | Vineyard 36 | Winestyr
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2017 Foundation Red

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Appellation: Napa Valley AVA

By: Vineyard 36

In: Napa Valley, CA

750mL / 14.4% ABV

Winestyr Review

This is an absolutely stellar blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot made with fruit sourced from two of the best vineyards in Napa Valley - one in the Rutherford AVA and the other in the Oak Knoll District AVA. This is a sophisticated, sexy wine with great balanced, structure, and complexity. Bursting with red and black fruit, a hint of pepper and spice, and a backbone of well-integrated oak, this wine has soft tannins and a long, rich finish. This wine is drinking very well in its youth, but for those who like some age on their wines, this wine should continue to develop into 2026 and beyond.

What We Love

  • Drinking beautifully in its youth, but still cellar worthy
  • Elite vineyard sourcing

This is an exceptional red wine made with fruit from two of Napa Valley's most esteemed vineyards.


Vineyard 36 was created by a shared vision and a common goal to create unique and exceptional wines. Sourced from premier estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of Vineyard 36 express the diversity of Napa Valley's finest terroirs.


A project spearheaded by wine industry veteran Jason Earnest, and professional hockey players Cam Ward and Tim Gleason, Vineyard 36 produces stunning Cabernet Sauvignon based wines made with fruit sourced from some of Napa Valleys finest vineyards. The wines are powerful, complex, elegant, and balanced. We're very excited to introduce you to their wines.

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Customer Reviews

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    Smooth & balanced, yet spicy and complex. Perfect mix of Cab and Merlot, dry and bold at first sip with a more mellow finish.

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    Really nice wine. First sip had a bite, but smoothed out to a nicely balanced wine.

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    Not a fan

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    Gave me a headache!

  • Verified Purchase

    Very good wine - look forward to having another one.

  • Verified Purchase

    Love this wine! Full body!