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,


  1 comment for “2006 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee, Sonoma County, CA

  1. Beth Mirza
    June 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I was just going to ask you about the Vinturi! We have one and love it. Whole new worlds await. 🙂 Seriously, we never have time to decant an entire bottle, and we’re not going to drink an entire bottle in one go, so the Vinturi works great for us. We found out about it when we went to Napa for our honeymoon and every winery we stopped at was using it in their tasting rooms.

    BTW, the above sounds just like my kind of wine. I’ll have to look it up!

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