GREAT VALUE + GREAT VINTAGE + GREAT
WINEMAKER + GREAT PARKER SCORE = BUY ME!
Gundlach-Bundschu is one of
California's oldest wineries, founded in 1858. Their glory years came to a halt
in April 1906 when their San Francisco winery, located at 2nd and Bryant, was
destroyed in the calamitous earthquake and fire. The modern "Gun-Bun"
era begins in 1969, when young Jim Bundschu convinced his father Towle to
replant their family's historic, 100-year old Rhinefarm vineyard just east of
Sonoma. Today those replanted vines are 47 years old, and cranking out their
best fruit of all time. The family paid of the mortgage on this historic
property and vineyard decades ago and as a result they don’t have to charge $80
a bottle for their great wines.
very well possibly the greatest vintage we are going to see in our lifetime from Northern California. Robert Parker has rated the
vintage the highest he has ever rated a vintage, 98pts over the 37 years he has
rated the region. Every leading critic is raving about the vintage and Gundlach Bundschu’s 2013 Mountain Cuvee is a
screaming buy under $20 from this great vintage.
Gun-Bun as they are known today have
a great winemaker making their wines. Keith Emerson started out at Cakebread before moving to Gun-Bun. He also makes wine with Philippe Melka at Vineyard 29. He also
oversees the winemaking programs for a number of custom-crush clients, such as
Melka Wines and Skipstone Ranch, and works with several respected growers,
including David Abreu, Mike
Wolf, Jim Barbour, Piña Vineyard Management and Silverado Farming Company,
among others. Keith also consults for Robert Craig, Martin Ray,
Vinoce, Levensohn and Knighton Family Vineyards. I have enjoyed many of his
wines over the years and he is as good as it gets.
The 2014 Mountain Cuvee is a superb
blend of Bordeaux grapes blending Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec resulting in a
big; rich, opulent red that at under $20 a bottle is an absolute steal when
compared to what’s available in the market place at this price point, almost a
throw back in time. Wines of this pedigree were prices this way 15 years ago.
This is a whole lot of wine for the money.
The Wine Advocate - "The
outstanding 2013 Mountain Cuvee Proprietary Red, which is 80.4% Merlot, 17.4%
Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, was aged ten months in a combination of
new and used oak. The good news is that there were 16,000+ cases of this outstanding
wine. Dense purple in color with a big beautiful nose of black cherries,
cassis, chocolate and espresso roast, this opaque, full-bodied wine has
gorgeous purity, a beautifully layered texture and a heady, rich finish. This
is a stunner and quite a steal in the marketplace. Drink it over the next 2-3