1881 Napa The Founders

Red Wine

The cherished Napa Valley landscape is planted to 47,000 acres of wine grapes and segmented into 16 district AVA’s, each lauded for their unique and diverse terroir. Ranging from cool, coastal influences to warmer temperatures, mountainous terrain to valley floor, clay soil to volcanic rock, the Napa Valley American Viticulture Areas are truly remarkable. The wines of 1881 Napa honor the rich history, legacy and heritage of this world-famous winegrowing region from its district wines to select wines blended with fruit from across the valley to create the ideal expression of a Napa Valley wine.

Tasting Notes

This 2016 Napa Valley Red Wine opens with bright red fruit aromas of cranberry and fresh cut strawberry.


Cherry-cola flavors spread across the palate with a touch of white pepper and dusty notes creating a nice texture. This wine has good structure with robust tannins and a strong finish.

Vintage Notes: 

The 2016 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring led to a steady mild July and August, followed by warm days at the end of the season allowing the grapes to achieve their perfect ripeness. With warm days and cool nights in the summer, grape growers were able to maintain ideal acid levels with balanced, concentrated fruit flavors.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Varietals:
    • 54% Merlot
    • 20% Syrah
    • 9% Petit Verdot
    • 6% Cab Sauv
    • 4% Cabernet Franc
    • 4% Petite Sirah
    • 3% Malbec
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.70
  • TA: 6.5g/L
  • Ageing:
    •   25 Months
    • 100% French oak 
    • 15% New 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Rich and Hearty Stews
Cheese & Nuts:
Hard Cheeses such as Cheddar or Parmesan
Basil & Tomato-based Sauces
Gruyere Monte Cristo Sandwich