It was very special not only because we were celebrating the 151st anniversary of the estate but, because we were doing it with a live feed featuring current wine-maker Jeff Bundschu tasting along with as we enjoyed vintages from 1985 through 2005! For me the 1998 Rhinefarm was the star of the line-up but the 2005 is hot on its heals and is shaping up to be a great bottle of Sonoma County Cabernet!
2005 Gundlach-Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon Rhinefarm
Still very young but with excellent balance and real depth to the savory fruit. Give this a year or two for the soft, juicy core of mocha tinged black cherry and plum fruit to really shine.
I have to also give kudos to the star of our blind tasting!2006 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
We've tasted this before with similar results. It's a killer value and a classic Cabernet for current consumption with excellent balance and a vivid core of wild cherry fruit tinged with mineral and herb notes and just the finest insinuation of vanilla.