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
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!