Sample submitted for review. SRP of $24 and available for as low as $14, but more typically around $17.
From the bottle:
"Since 1858, six generations of my family have grown grapes and made wine on our estate in Sonoma Valley. Mountain Cuvée is a lush red blend sourced primarily from our sustainable farmed vineyard.
-Jeff Bundschu, Proprietor
14.2% Alcohol"Today's wine comes from California's oldest family owned winery, Gundlach Bundschu. (See the handy image to the right for the pronunciation.) The winery began in 1858 and while it has seen its share of ups and downs, the winery somehow managed to survive the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, several wars and Prohibition. Since the 1970's it has been a bit smoother sailing and today they appear to be on quite a roll. The Mountain Cuvée is the first of several Gundlach Bundschu wines we will be checking out over the next few weeks.
The 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée begins with a very pleasant aroma of blackberry, plum, some sweet and spicy notes and a touch of vanilla. The medium-bodied wine tastes silky and delicious with lots of rich fruit flavors, a little licorice, spice, dried herbs and a bit of toasty oak, but the savory fruit wins the day. The spice notes come to the front on the long, dry finish which also features more rich berry flavors. I loved it and it gets even better as it has more air. I'm always a little leery of these kitchen sink blends that have so many different varietals in them, but this one just works. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.