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Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016

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VINEYARD INFORMATION: The Bundschu family’s 150+ year-old vineyard is located on the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. The terrain below 150 foot elevation features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and cooler growing conditions that deliver minerality and focused acidity. Wines grown in these blocks bear the Sonoma Coast designation to reflect their cool climate character. The four distinct blocks of Chardonnay harvested separately include two blocks of 40+ year-old Heritage Selections and two blocks of Robert Young clone. WINEMAKER’S NOTES: We craft our Chardonnay in a food-friendly, focused style with minimal new oak influence. By sourcing fruit from both new and old vines, we achieve balance in the resulting wine. Each nuance in the vineyard offers a slightly different flavor profile which we capture by fermenting separately and then blending together to produce a harmonious wine with bright acidity and fruit. TASTING NOTES: 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 of brioche. A lush palate of white nectarines, honeydew melon, and citrus zest vibrates with minerally acidity that carries into a surprisingly creamy finish. Alc: 14.2% pH: 3.53 TA: 0.66 g/100mL

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Gundlach Bundschu Winery:
At Gundlach Bundschu we define sustainability broadly, seeking not only to be responsible stewards of the land, but also to preserve this land for future generations of our family. There is nothing static about this view of sustainability—it requires innovation and action. We believe that preserving the unique ecosystem of Rhinefarm is essential to wine quality, as well as to the health of our ... Read more
At Gundlach Bundschu we define sustainability broadly, seeking not only to be responsible stewards of the land, but also to preserve this land for future generations of our family. There is nothing static about this view of sustainability—it requires innovation and action. We believe that preserving the unique ecosystem of Rhinefarm is essential to wine quality, as well as to the health of our family and business. The introduction of beneficial predators, from owls and bluebirds to beetles and mites, and intensive pest monitoring allows us to eliminate all regular use of pesticides, use no pre-emergent herbicides and limit the use of aggressive herbicides. Cover crops contribute vital diversity and nutrition to the soils, and we utilize registered organic compounds and practices whenever possible. Vigilant management of our acute deficit irrigation program and water reclamation ponds promote conservation, recycling 70% of winery water. We use biodiesel to fuel our tractors, and continually seek ways to enhance environmental quality and make the most efficient use of resources. Like many of his family members before him, Jeff Bundschu is striving to redefine the estate vision to meet the industry challenges of the times. With superb vineyards and a talented team of employees, he is excited about the future of the estate. “Each generation of my family that has stood on this dirt felt compelled to looking at the vines and wines with a fresh eye. Our winery’s evolution is destined—families evolve. Land evolves. Plants evolve. Palates evolve.” Equally important to Bundschu is the preservation of the open-minded and spirited culture with which the winery has long been associated. “Our life here at Gundlach Bundschu, with its wine and good people, has always been about laughter, hard work, enjoying the inspiration that comes from being in such a beautiful place, and sharing what we have with our friends and neighbors.” Tasting Room Our intimate tasting room can only accomodate small groups, and we request groups of eight or more reserve a private tour for your visit. Read less

External Reviews for Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/29/2017

VINEYARD INFORMATION: The Bundschu family’s 150+ year-old vineyard is located on the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. The terrain below 150 foot elevation features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and cooler growing conditions that deliver minerality and focused acidity. Wines grown in these blocks bear the Sonoma Coast designation to reflect their cool climate character. The four distinct blocks of Chardonnay harvested separately include two blocks of 40+ year-old Heritage Selections and two blocks of Robert Young clone. WINEMAKER’S NOTES: We craft our Chardonnay in a food-friendly, focused style with minimal new oak influence. By sourcing fruit from both new and old vines, we achieve balance in the resulting wine. Each nuance in the vineyard offers a slightly different flavor profile which we capture by fermenting separately and then blending together to produce a harmonious wine with bright acidity and fruit. TASTING NOTES: 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 of brioche. A lush palate of white nectarines, honeydew melon, and citrus zest vibrates with minerally acidity that carries into a surprisingly creamy finish. Alc: 14.2% pH: 3.53 TA: 0.66 g/100mL


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 11/04/2016

Philosophy: Chardonnay on Rhinefarm captures both the new and the old. We’re fortunate to work with a combination of 45- and 12-year-old vines planted in the coolest part of our ranch where Mother Nature funnels chilly Pacific breezes through the Petaluma Gap. Utilizing that cooling affect, we strive for balanced vines with canopies that protect the fruit as much as possible from direct sunlight to preserve the beautiful aromatic characteristics and pick early to capture the natural acidity. Each nuanced portion of the various blocks of Chardonnay offer slightly different flavor profiles which we capture by fermenting separately. We select one small portion each year to ferment in stainless steel tank to capture the brightest natural acidity and ferment the remainder (~80 percent) in French oak barrels. Used barrels in combination of once, twice, three and four times used are an extremely important part of this program to allow for oak influence without dominating the flavors. Notes: We craft our Chardonnay in a food-friendly, focused style, with minimal new oak influences. Accented by 40+ year old heritage vines on the Rhinefarm estate, this wine offers elegance, varietal authenticity and beautiful acidity. Barrel Aging: 10 months, 100% French Oak - 20% New Acid: 0.56g/100ml PH: 3.56 Alcohol: 14.2%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 08/19/2016

Tasting NOTES: Continuing our desire of making Chardonnay driven by Rhinefarm's 40+ year old Heritage vines rather than a movie night buttered popcorn line-up, this exquisite, blockbuster 2014 Chardonnay is as flavorful and balanced as any we've produced. Opening with thrilling aromatics of mandarin orange zest, guava, vanilla, and beautiful white blossom floral notes, the palate is at once both creamy and bright with a medium weight and a supporting cast of white peach and Meyer lemon flavors and clean minerality that draws through the long, satisfying denouement of this fresh yet layered Chardonnay. Refreshing now with the ability to pair with a wide variety of foods-salads, seafood, roasted poultry, fresh fish tacos-this wine has the structure to age over the next 3-5 years as well.



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