2018 The Founder Red Wine

The Founder Red Wine from Buena Vista Winery celebrates and honors Buena Vistas founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, and the pioneering role he played in creating the California wine world. The Founder, true to the Counts legacy, is a bold wine with a gold medallion predominantly featuring the Haraszthy family crest adorning the bottle.

The Count of Buena Vista, Agoston Haraszthy, was a vivacious pioneer whose love affair with grape-growing started in his homeland of Hungary. Surrounded by tales of intrigue and political exile, the Count emigrated from Europe in 1840 in pursuit of opportunity and freedom in the burgeoning American West. He ultimately settled in Sonoma where he founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857.

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A deep ruby red color, the 2018 The Founder has an enticing nose of black cherry, blackcurrant, bay leaf and bitter chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Raspberry and blackberry flavors are layered with notes of cedar and a nuance of minerality. This is a full-bodied wine with structured tannins and a plush mouthfeel. There is a nice freshness on the finish which is long and bold.

The Founder is an expressive blend, bringing together Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from distinguished vineyards across Sonoma Valley including the renowned Moon Mountain. The wine was fermented in closed-top fermenters with extended maceration and was aged in 40% new French oak for 19 months before being bottled unfiltered.


Sonoma County





Total Acidity

6.0 g/L


19 months in 40% new French oak


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