AG Pick: Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Mountain Cuvee

I first tried Gundlach Bundschu wines at their winery in Sonoma. I was driving from Sonoma County to Napa along highway 121 and decided to take a detour. They have a charming tasting room that is decorated with old newspaper clippings and artwork from their bottles.

The Mountain Cuvee is a great wine for chicken, lamb or pork dishes, and goes well with fish with higher fat contents, like Chilean sea bass or black cod. The wine is about two-thirds Merlot and one quarter Cabernet with Cabernet Franc and Syrah. It’s aged mostly in French oak, with some use of American and Hungarian oak.

It has a delicious complex taste at a good price (it costs around $24, though I found it for $22 in a large wine chain). The wine has a great aroma of plum and ripe black cherries. The taste is warm and round with raspberries, plum and chocolate, with spice on the finish. It’s smooth and silky with just a hint of tannins. It’s great if you want something that’s a step up from a basic Merlot, but not as big as a Cabernet.

Gundlach Bundschu also makes a great Zinfandel that I really enjoy. It costs about $38.

For more information on Gundlach Bundschu visit www.gunbun.com.

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