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Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Merlot 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage. Aromas of blueberries laced with black tea and cocoa are followed by beautifully integrated flavors of blue and purple fruits, semi-sweet chocolate, fresh tobacco leaf and spice box. Supple tannins add weight and a polished texture and lead to a lush finish of ripe berries laced with pekoe tea. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for at least ten years.

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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 Estate Vineyard Merlot

External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

For whatever the reason this winery


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/21/2014

For whatever the reason this winery's Bordeaux reds including Merlot have shown tremendous improvement over the last few years. This Merlot is soft sensual and lovely with cherry pie red currant violet mocha and new French oak flavors. Easy to drink now with robust grilled meats or stews. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.



The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage. Aromas of blueberries laced with black tea and cocoa are followed by beautifully integrated flavors of blue and purple fruits, semi-sweet chocolate, fresh tobacco leaf and spice box. Supple tannins add weight and a polished texture and lead to a lush finish of ripe berries laced with pekoe tea. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for at least ten years.

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