Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Alexander Valley Vineyard 51 2006
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Alexander Valley Vineyard 51
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.