91 Insider Points
Dive Into a Piece of Sonoma History.
I remember the first time I went to the Gundlach Bundschu winery near downtown Sonoma. It was on a family trip when I was first getting into this whole wine thing. What an experience! It is a super beautiful property and one that I often recommend visiting.
Jammy blackberry on the nose. A palate of candied black cherry, plum jam and pie crust with a full body and creamy texture. Tart then savory berries through the finish. I would add this winery to your next "Visit in Sonoma" list.
91 Points - JZ January '18
73% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc
8 months 15% new French oak
Farm to table is a phrase currently en vogue for describing food grown and prepared as natural and locally as possible. Change it up a little—to “dirt to bottle”—and you have an excellent idea of the philosophy behind this lush and lively red blend from our friends at Gundlach Bundschu.
Just released from the winery, this blend of 73% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc is as friendly as wine gets. Deeply pleasurable and utterly without pretense, the Mountain Cuvee is wine’s answer to the golden retriever. Who can resist this red’s fruit salad character of black cherry, red raspberry, and ripe cassis. Nor its baking spice aroma and bright, juicy acidity. Whether with food or without, this Sonoma blend is a youthful and infinitely exuberant joy to drink.
Four reasons we love it:
- “You won't hear many complaints about the 2016 vintage from Sonoma winemakers,” writes the Wine Spectator. Not yet rated, the year boasted both picture perfect weather and perfectly ripened wine grapes.
- It all started for this estimable winery back in 1858 when German immigrant Jacob Gundlach purchased 400 acres of prime land in Sonoma.
- As a nod to the winery’s Bavarian roots, Gundlach Bundschu’s 320 acres of estate vineyards have been dubbed “Rhinefarm.” But true to its California ways, all of the vines are grown sustainably and by hand.
- Fanatical when it comes to preserving the environment, Gundlach Bundschu adopted the first “floatovoltic” system in Sonoma County—a fanciful name for a series of solar panels that float on the property’s ponds and help to reduce the carbon footprint by 99.2 metric tons of CO2.
Whether novice or aficionado, the quaffable, affordable, yet seriously crafted and complex Mountain Cuvée always provides drinking pleasure to a wide audience and
name-an-experience. Welcoming aromas of cherries, raspberries, warm vanilla, and a little cola lead to a medium-bodied wine framed by soft tannins and lively acidity. The silky texture showcases layers of lush cassis and red fruit with savory cocoa powder revealed on the finish. Created for life’s sooner-rather-than-later enjoyments.
Gundlach Bundschu’s 153-year-old estate vineyard is located 35 miles north of San Francisco on the southwesterly slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Located at the southernmost point in Sonoma Valley, flanked by the Carneros district to the south and Napa Valley to the east, Rhinefarm has a unique combination of steep hillsides and cool valley floor sites, allowing us to grow a broad variety of wines at a very high-quality level.
Rhinefarm’s terrain below 150-feet elevation is ideally suited for ealier-ripening, high-acid varieties. Cool air settles over the valley floor, where ancient bay waters deposited mineral-rich sediment and pockets of light stream gravel in the Huichica clay-loam soils. We focus on Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay on this gently-sloping terrain, where growing conditions consistently deliver minerality and focused acidity.
This wine pairs well with spaghetti and meatballs, or serve with barbecue brisket and all the fixings.