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Johnson Estate Winery

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Founders' Red

Fruit forward, lightly-oaked, medium body with fine tannins.
Named in honor of the two founders of the farm and the winery, both named Fred Johnson.  Made largely from Estate-grown Chancellor grapes with the addition of ten percent Merlot. 

The 2016 vintage was awarded 90 Points/GOLD/Exceptional & Best Buy by Tastings.com (Beverage Testing Institute, September 2018): "....An instantly appealing Chancellor that offers gobs of creamy oak flavor and luscious fruits."

According to the Beverage Testing Institute (January 2015), "Bright blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard a la mode, cashew brittle, and chocolate with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish with notes of strawberry preserves on nut toast, blood orange, leafy earth, and grape skins with fine tannins and light oak. A fun and easy-drinking red with attractive layers of flavor."

GOLD Medal:  2018 East Meets West Wine Competition

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SKU: 36138050204
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Lake Erie
Chancellor & Merlot
Split, 85°F, malolactic
Tasting Notes
Raspberry, cherry fruit with rich purple color and rich body.
Food Pairing Notes
Peppered steak or beef pot pie.
90 Points, GOLD, 2019 Int'l Eastern Wine Competition, 90 Points, Tastings.com • Johnson Estate (NY) 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders' Red Blend, New York State. $13.99 Gold Medal & Best Buy http://tastings.com/Wine-Review/Johnson-Estate-2016-Freelings-Creek-Reserve-Founders-Red-Blend-New-York-State-USA-10-15-2018.aspx GOLD: East Meets West Wine Competition (2018) GOLD, 90 Points,, Best Buy: Beverage Testing Institute (January 2015)
Other Notes
Serve at 60°F.

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