2009 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County Red Wine

SKU #1093408 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This reasonably priced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec is an excellent example of California winemaking. Lots of berry fruit, pepper, earth, spice box and underbrush as well as hints of wood and incense can be found in the aromas and flavors of this medium-bodied, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2009. Drink it over the next year or so.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Winemaker 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 is full of dense berry and cocoa. A rich, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of the vintage."

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/21/2012  | Send Email
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With an illustrious history in Sonoma Valley winemaking going back 154 years, looming six generations, Gundlach Bundschu continues to weave stunning, flavorful wines for much less than one would expect from such a venerable producer. The 2009 Mountain Cuveé holds court with a bit more Cabernet Sauvignon (42%) and slightly less Merlot (28%) than last year, with 6% Zinfandel added to bolster the spectrum of brambly dark fruits and enticing mountain spice. Notes of tobacco leaf, black cherry and creamy cocoa frame the dense, juicy, long finish. Serve this red wine with a generous pile of baby back ribs, sweet cornbread and fennel cole slaw...
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2016

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/2/2012  | Send Email
Gundlach Bundschu's Mountain Cuvée combines Merlot, Cab, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah from the Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. This Rocks!, on the palate flavors of black cherry and plum and soft floral notes blend with silky tannins, the cab gives this a backbone that you feel and an incredible long finish.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 8/10/2013 
Saturated ruby in the glass. When you nose this you are immediately blasted with spicy, brambly blackberry fruit. It's so intense you would expect the first sip to pack a punch. Surprisingly balanced, for a younger wine, this glides across the palate without too much heat nor too fierce a tannin. Further, I find it interesting to dissect each varietal. The Cab & Merlot provide the balanced foundation. The Zin provides the peppery spice. The Syrah provides the cocoa element while the Malbec lends the acid & drying tannin to the finish. All of which makes this the perfect accompaniment to a slow cooked rack of baby back ribs as Mr Majeski pointed out!

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9