Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve 2015
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley|
The 2015 Vintage Reserve checks in as a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, all aged 20 months in 65% new French oak. Deep ruby/purple-colored with a stunning nose of currants, Asian spices, tobacco, and graphite, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, deep, layered, yet seamless profile. Like all the wines here, it doesn't lack for tannin or structure, yet it's beautifully balanced and has an awesome finish. This is an incredibly classic, old-school Cabernet Sauvignon that's going to hit maturity around age 6-8 and cruise for two decades or more.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve gives notes of fertile soil, tar and chargrill to begin, leading to a core of crushed black plums, cassis and blackberry pie plus hints of menthol, cedar, mocha and black olives. Full-bodied and with bags of black fruit and earthy flavors, it has a firm, grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and savory.
This robust, well-aged wine combines 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot. Cherry, vanilla and smoke complement an underbelly of dried herb, char and spice. The body is full, soft and richly rounded in flavor.