Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Alexander Valley Vineyard 51 2006

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A layered, brooding, complex wine with aromas of deep red cherry, strawberry, dried tobacco leaf and lavender. Enters soft, with black plum flavors that deepen into dark coffee, cocoa, smoke and earth and a smooth, velvet texture. Notes of minerality, dried sage and bright cherry return at the finish. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for 10 to 12 years.

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Varietal: Merlot
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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
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Member Reviews for Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Alexander Valley Vineyard 51

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
11/05/2009

The fruit for this wine is sourced from Alexander Valley, which is noted for Cabernets and Merlots. To me this has a Bordeaux feel to it. More earthiness than the Estate Merlot and a nice herbal character.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.00 5
09/13/2010

Nose is still tight at 1 ½ hours, but opens finally to bright red fruit, strawberry, cherry, currant, crushed white pepper, black pepper, coffee, asparagus, and moss, followed by sweet notes of plum and dark fruit, with sprinklings of floral and herbaceous mists in the background. Also starts tight on the tongue, harsh on back palate, but a nice acidity emerges as the wine opens (about 2 hours after uncorking), accompanied by a strong herb and spice presence, including bell pepper, black and white pepper, asparagus, cinnamon, licorice and tobacco. A sweet fruity middle includes Granny Smith apple, strawberry, plum, prune, currant, and black cherry. A gentle, if brief, finish concludes with pleasant, rounded fruit notes. Closed off at 3 hours.


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
10/15/2010

A layered, brooding, complex wine with aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, dried tobacco leaf & lavender. It’s plush with black plum flavors that deepen into dark coffee, smoke and earth. Notes of minerality, dried sage and bright cherry return at the finish. This a great red wine to sip alone or with any meaty fare.



A layered, brooding, complex wine with aromas of deep red cherry, strawberry, dried tobacco leaf and lavender. Enters soft, with black plum flavors that deepen into dark coffee, cocoa, smoke and earth and a smooth, velvet texture. Notes of minerality, dried sage and bright cherry return at the finish. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for 10 to 12 years.

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