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Gundlach Bundschu

Gundlach Bundschu
The family has always set high standards in the business, but that certain something that really makes a GB wine is a little more elusive. It is timeworn family talent, effused with overall good humor and enthusiasm that permeates the Gundlach Bundschu tradition and carries the family through the best and worst that the years have to offer. Tracing the threads of a seven-generation history woven on and around Rhinefarm, one can't shake the sense that there's a bit of something akin to magic at work here: one might call it soul. Bavarian-born Jacob Gundlach set sail for America in November 10, 1850 and arrived in San Francisco exactly one year later. This quiet man of action proved his mettle (and wine-savvy) during the voyage, when the boat was shipwrecked off the west coast of Africa. Not only did he rescue his shipmates, but enlivened their New Years Eve on the island by saving some wine from the sinking ship, and according to his journal, brewing a "very good punch." Within a year of arrival in San Francisco, he had established the Bavaria Brewery, which quickly became a San Francisco institution. Following in his father's footsteps, Jacob next looked to winemaking: a relatively unexplored opportunity in America at this time. In 1857, he partnered with Emil Dresel to buy a 400-acre parcel of land in Sonoma, which they called Rhinefarm. (Only 11 years earlier this land had been under Mexican rule.) The next year, Jacob traveled to his homeland and brought back European rootstock for planting on Rhinefarm, along with a childhood-sweetheart bride named Eva. The first Rhinefarm Vintage was celebrated in 1861, and by this time, Jacob and Eva had a new baby daughter named Francisca. Enter the dashing Charles Bundschu, from Mannheim, Germany, who brings his florid prose and keen business sense to the company in 1868. Emil Dresel dies the next year, leaving his portion of the farm to his brother Julius, and J. Gundlach & Co. is established. Charles marries Francisca in 1875. During these years, phylloxera becomes a major threat to vineyards throughout the state. Julius and Jacob's successful experiments to develop a resistant rootstock spare Rhinefarm from total devastation, and revolutionize viticultural methods.
Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve 2012

Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve 2012

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On the palate, the wine is both mouth-filling and lush yet refined, showing a decadent core of blackberry and black currant with some earthy tones leading into a pleasingly long finish nuanced by fresh espresso and tinges of graphite. The structure is supported by well integrated but young tannins and ... more



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SKU ym_713128

Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Blessed as the third great Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in a row, 2014 is like a culmination of the previous two: the lush fruit and approachability of 2012 and 2013's power and structure. Invitingly lavish aromas and flavors of dark fruits and berries intermingled with espresso, cocoa, and warm baking spices ... more



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SKU ym_110120

Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Valley Merlot 2014

Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Valley Merlot 2014

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Another stellar vintage usually means another stellar Merlot, but for a winery who's championed this grape for 40 years, it means a wine that is simply "gorgeous." More approachable in its youth than its 2013 predecessor, this medium-bodied wine has some fine yet grippy tannins and an ageable future, but ... more



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SKU ym_604928

Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve 2013

Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve 2013

The 2013 Vintage Reserve is loaded with berries, dark chocolate, violets and dried herbs, espresso, toasty vanilla, and rich earth. Supple tannins meld with blackberries, red currants and cocoa powder to offer mouth-filling texture great acidity and a lingering finish. This vintage will mature for another 32 years if you're ... more



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in mixed case $94.49

SKU ym_613027

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2015

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2015

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Alluring aromas of ripe pears, tropical fruit, peach blossoms, and zesty lemon complement the 2015 vintage's mouth-filling and rounded texture. A beautiful expression of 158 years of Gewürztraminer expertise, this pairs with everything from Asian cuisine, to Thanksgiving turkey, to a sunny afternoon.  more



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SKU ym_602629

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

For generations, the Bundschus have grown amazing quality Chardonnay and it appears the world has noticed since we can't seem to make enough anymore. The 2016 embodies our signature restrained style: fruit and texture in balance with bright acidity. Fresh lemon, citrus blossom, and green apple aromas with a hint ... more



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SKU ym_102721

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Here on Rhinefarm, Pinot demands and deserves meticulous attention in the vineyard and gentle handling in the cellar, but this delicate and complicated beauty is well worth the effort. The reward is an elixir that is both vibrant and subtle.  more

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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2016

Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2016

Whether novice or aficionado, the quaffable, affordable, yet seriously crafted and complex Mountain Cuvee always provides drinking pleasure to a wide audience and name-an-experience. Welcoming aromas of cherries, raspberries, warm vanilla, and a little cola lead to a medium bodied wine framed by soft tannins and lively acidity. The silky ... more

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Save $9.36 (36%)

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SKU ym_102826B

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