You’ll find Gundlach Bundschu tucked away in the south of Sonoma County. The impossible-to-say-right winery’s fall 2019 releases are upon us. Tasting notes on four wines follow.
2018 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer Estate Sonoma Coast – An apt expression of gewurztraminer, this wine is loaded with aromatics and perfume, with hints of jasmine infecting its potpourri core. Fragrant but surprisingly approachable. Best as a companion to food. B+ / $18
2016 Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Sonoma Valley – Quite soft and unassuming at first, this merlot evolves in the glass to reveal a more sultry quality, with notes of licorice and tannic tree bark, with mixed red fruits to sweeten things up. Drinks more like a cabernet, with a surprising density and lots of eucalyptus notes on the finish. B / $25
2016 Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley – A heavy-duty, somewhat blunt cabernet, fueled by tons of chocolate and a heavy tannin bill. Decanting is a smart move, which helps to bring out the cassis, raspberry, and blackberry flavors that lurk in the center of the wine. B / $40
2017 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee – A budget Bordeaux blend, heavy on the merlot, this wine again offers the intense chocolate approach of the cabernet, dusted with brown sugar and notes of spiced nuts. Fresh red berries offer an everyday approachability, but the overall experience could benefit from more depth, the finish terminating on marzipan and licorice candy. Feels a bit doctored up to add sweetness. B- / $18