The 2013 Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve is the winery’s rendition of the very best lots of their Bordeaux varietals blended together and presented in an artistic package. Inky purple to the rim, the wine has flawless integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, beautiful espresso-infused blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, chocolate, full-bodied opulence, and stunning purity and length. It is special a wine with probably 25-35 years of aging potential, even though it is more accessible than the two Cabernets from Moon Mountain. This is a beauty, so kudos to Gundlach Bundschu. Drink it over the next three decades. Quietly, but powerfully, the Gundlach Bundschu Winery has been on a qualitative highlight tour over recent years. They have been around for more than 30 years in Sonoma, but certainly things continue to go from strength to strength and consumers are well advised to give them plenty of attention. Merlot is often one of their specialties, and I tasted two current releases. (RP)
Very attractive aromas of black currants, blackberry, menthol and spearmint follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. This is really juicy and delicious. Drink or hold.
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