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2012 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend

SKU #1179156 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A California Côtes du Rhône look-alike, the 2012 Mountain Cuvée is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Zinfandel and the rest small dollops of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec aged 14 months in mostly French oak. It reveals spicy, peppery, meaty notes intermixed with hints of Provençal herbs, dense black cherry and plum-like fruit, medium to full body, an attractive texture, and a seductive finish. (RP)  (11/2014)

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 An unidentified mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from throughout the county, this is a smoky, leathery expression of sanguine black and red fruit that’s approachable and easygoing. The finish has a bittersweet note of chicory. (VB)  (5/2015)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
This bordeaux blend from Sonoma hits all the right spots at an easy to digest price. This is smooth, plush and dark with just a touch of spice. With no hard edges and plenty of ripe fruit this is easy drinking and a great match for anything grilled.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
A Bordeaux-inspired blend for everyday life that’s soft, lush and smooth. Dangerously easy-drinking, this Merlot and Cabernet-based red wine offers balanced and food-friendly structure. Plush and approachable!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2016 | Send Email
With a very unusual blend of grapes, this wine delivers nonetheless in its simplicity and easiness of character. Not to mention it really matches with almost everything really.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
Claret with a California twist. Rich dark fruit, full bodied with soft tannins and hints of savory and sweet spices. Perfect for BBQ, grilled or smoked meats, or take out burgers!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2015 | Send Email
A great too easy to drink full bodied wine. Round and juicy, it has layers of dark fruit flavors.This wine will go well with hearty foods like a nice hamburger and will be enjoyable alone.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
This Red Blend is a delicious mix of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot added to a kitchen sink blend of varietals. Beautifully balanced and full of mocha, wild herbs, pepper, bacon fat, red currant, and blackberry, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Great mid week and/or BBQ wine!
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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2015 | Send Email
The folks at Gunbun describe this gem as a "modern American blend that pays homage to the classic red clarets" of Southwest France. It is deep and textured, showing dark fruit, black cherry, mocha, nutmeg and allspice. This wine is delectable on its own but also possesses enough structure to eat with a juicy steak.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.2