2006 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee, Sonoma County, CA

I’ve been loading up the last couple of reviews with whites and rosés for summer.  Below are my notes on a nice red blend to provide some balance to our proceedings here at CorkEnvy:

I poured this Bordeaux-style (70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot) blend through the Vinturi (do I see a write-up on the possible virtues of the Vinturi in the future?) into the decanter and served it immediately.

On the nose, there was some decent spice, raisin, and plum.  I also got some chocolate notes that came across as cocoa powder.  Three hours in, some nice, deep dark cherry came across on the nose.

On the palate, the cocoa powder presented nicely with the help of a slight white pepper.  As for fruit, it was all raisin and accompanied by a smooth hint of caramel.  The tannins were fairly benign, but firm enough to hold the wine together nicely.

Overall, this is a nice little Bordeaux blend worth the $20 price tag—it’s an easy drinking wine that will impress without being too pretentious.  While it lacks nuance compared to other Bordeaux-style blends, it presents itself as a decent bottle.  The Mountain Cuvee is the second Gundlach Bundschu varietal The Rib and I have enjoyed; both have impressed as easy-drinking, company-friendly wines.  I look forward to trying other vintages or varietals from this winemaker as I run across them.  www.gunbun.com

From the Corkpit,

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