Gundlach Bundschu Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve 2010
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The 2010 Vintage Reserve is deeply layered and highly polished. Lush aromas of cassis and dark cocoa are laced with floral notes. The dense flavors of black currant, blackberry and dark chocolate shavings are seamlessly supported by the bold structure that gives the winetremendous depth, length and intensity. Remarkably round and smooth in its youth, this wine has the balance and concentration to ensure it will age gracefully up to 20 years from vintage.
The Wine Advocate - "On the other hand, the 2010 Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve is among the finest wines I have tasted from this estate. A blend of Bordeaux varietals (I assume, but the exact grapes and percentages are not revealed), it reveals a rich, dense purple color in addition to lots of creme de cassis and licorice notes in a full-bodied, opulent, tasty format.
Wine Enthusiast - "Tremendous, with black currant, licorice, dark chocolate and sweet new oak flavors wrapped into deliriously rich, smooth tannins. Ready to drink now, it should develop for at least 10 years."
Wine Spectator - "Broad and expansive, with expressive flavors of mocha, espresso, dark berry and dried herb. Shows impressive depth and a plush character. Good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec."
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Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.
Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives. View all Gundlach Bundschu Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.