Friday, March 18, 2005

Quick Swirl: Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvee" 2001 (NW)

Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvee" 2001:

A tart, grassy nose burns off to give way to dark berries and herbs on the palate
Vanilla and cinnamon on the finish
Moderate tannins

This wine has some nice layers that unfold in a progression. The surprise is the sweet ending. Or should it be a surprise? I assumed this was a Cabernet Sauvignon-based "Meritage", but it is approximately 80% Merlot with the balance from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This explains the vanilla, a common Merlot characteristic.

The wine paired well with grilled tenderloin on sauteed rapini. I paid $45/bottle at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel lounge. Raise a glass!

2 Comments:

At 1:18 PM permalink, Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

I have had this wine several times and enjoy the big berry flavors and finish. $20 retail in Ohio.

 
At 1:18 PM permalink, Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

I have had this wine several times and enjoy the big berry flavors and finish. $20 retail in Ohio.

 

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