Red Wines    Merlot    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2009
Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2009
(search item no. 119258)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of violets, dark plum and black spice are followed by a fleshy palate of fresh plum and black raspberry flavors, woven with black tea, licorice and truffle. Elegant tannins add weight and a polished texture and lead to a bright, lush finish. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for at least ten years.



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About Gundlach Bundschu:

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.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Anaba Chardonnay 2007
Anaba Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 100364)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

We seek out premium grapes from the Sonoma Coast that will produce wines reminiscent of the most respected wines of Burgundy. Our Chardonnay comes from five premium Sonoma growers: Bacigalupi, Fallen Leaf, Sangiacomo, Bonneau, and Haddad. The famed Sonoma Coast soils translate their mineral richness to the wines, imparting attractive flavor and character. Anabatic winds blow rather persistently throughout the summer and sunshine is abundant. Our 2007 grape harvest began early, slowed mid-way due to cool weather, and finished in late October.

Intense aromas of exotic flowers, limestone minerals and toasted brioche emanate from this wine. The full-bodied palate is dense with notes of citrus peel and lemon pound cake. This Chardonnay also boasts an intriguing mineral quality, which is what we like about wines produced from the Sonoma Coast. A crisp, clean character perfectly balances the richness of the fruit, proving a seamless wine of depth. Enjoy this wine from now through 2020.

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About Anaba:

On tranquil summer days, as golden sun kisses the valleys and hills of vineyards in Sonoma, unique air currents bring cooling breezes inland from the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay. Wafting softly, with some gusts and gales, they glide through the vineyard rows. As they encounter steeper slopes and drift upward, they become anabatic winds. Soaring glider pilots rely on them for flight. We treasure them for the coolness they impart on their journey — a gift of nature that makes the vineyard more temperate and slows the ripening process, producing robust flavors and distinctive varietal characters in our grapes.

Our exclusive Anaba wines are handcrafted from the best Rhône and Burgundian grape varieties grown at our Carneros Estate vineyard and in selected outstanding vineyard properties throughout Sonoma County. Our Rhône-style wines are artistic blends, inspired by the rugged earthiness of France's Rhône Valley and duplicated in the rocky Sonoma soils. Our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs reflect the elegance and grace of the gently sloping vineyards found in Burgundy, crafted from similar sites in the Sonoma Coast and Carneros appellations.

Anaba... elegant, classic wines borne by the wind.

- John Sweazey Proprietor



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Buena Vista The Count Red Blend 2008
Buena Vista The Count Red Blend 2008
(search item no. 117326)
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PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The winery's colorful founder, The Count of Buena Vista, pioneered premium winemaking in California. A tireless and passionate devotee of California wine, The Count imported hundreds of premium vines from Europe, dug Sonoma's first wine caves, introduced innovative viticulture techniques, and wrote the first treatise on California wine. Buena Vista Winery honors his legacy, bold vision, and commiment to excellence through this red wine – the Founder's Red Wine.

The wine's bouquet opens beautifully with rich aromas of black currant, cherries and just a hint of espresso. Smooth on the palate, the wine offers flavors of plum and blackberry that give way to cardamom on the long, silky finish.

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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Carneros    California   
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Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009
Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 115671)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Carneros Chardonnay offers enticing aromas of sweet vanilla, fresh kiwi and pineapple fruit against a creamy background. On the palate, the wine's crisp acidity complements the intense flavors of rich apple, pear and vibrant peaches before culminating in a long, creamy finish that is typical of Carneros Chardonnays.
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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 115694)
boutique wine

PinotReport rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 PinotReport rating: 95 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 Pinot noir is the most concentrated and complex Sonoma Coast blend we have bottled to date. Showing aromas of dark cherry, pomegranate and sweet oak, its textures are lush, yet taught, with a subtle edge of acidity. This wine is drinking well now and will continue to evolve over the next several years.
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About Sojourn:

Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

We source fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and we help direct farming operations to assure that our grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. We consistently produce remarkable wines with a hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards.

Sojourn feels passionate about creating high-quality wines and always being accessible to the people who buy and enjoy our wines. Sojourn offers seated tastings in a casual, yet sophisticated environment and prides itself on always putting the customer first.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
(search item no. 118869)
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Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A serious yet easy-drinking red blend, loaded with deep black cherry and brambly blackberry fruit flavors, surrounded by cocoa powder, fresh tobacco and black spice accents. Juicy, lush and round mouthfeel with soft tannins supporting generous fruit. The long finish is full of dense berry and cocoa. A rich, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of vintage.

Blend: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec


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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.



White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011
Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011
(search item no. 116844)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant aromas of white flowers, clementine and allspice burst from the glass followed by luscious flavors of Asian pear, lime, guava and passion fruit spiced with coriander. The round, plush palate is accentuated with delicately woven mineral notes and crisp acidity leading into to a long, vibrant finish. Wonderfully bright and fresh in its youth, this classic, dry Gewürztraminer will continue to develop complexity up to fifteen years from vintage.
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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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 111515)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Generous aromas of blueberry and cassis with wisps of violets and lavender. Dense, vibrant flavors of polished black fruit, including black currant, black plum and blackberries, dusted with dark cocoa and a touch of graphite. Concentrated and lush on the palate, with opulent fruit, velvety texture, beautifully integrated oak notes and round, smooth tannins. Bright acidity draws the rich berry flavors through the exceptionally long finish. Delicious upon release; optimal cellaring time 4 to 15 years from vintage.
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About Gundlach Bundschu:

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.



Red Wines    Merlot    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2008
Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2008
(search item no. 115008)
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PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of bing cherry and violets are followed by a full, velvety palate of opulent black cherry, black plum and berry flavors, with notes of mocha, fresh tobacco leaf and chai spices. Round tannins add weight and a lush texture and lead to a lingering, creamy finish. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for at least ten years.


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About Gundlach Bundschu:

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.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2010
Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 118039)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bursting with aromas and flavors of fresh meyer lemon, key lime, clementine, Asian pear and tropical fruit, with a touch of toffee and cream. Round and smooth mouthfeel with considerable weight and depth, balanced by crisp acidity and complex minerality that lead into to a long, vibrant finish.
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About Gundlach Bundschu:

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.