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2011 Gundlach Bundschu US Red Blend "Vintage Reserve"

Winery: Gundlach Bundschu

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Vintage Reserve"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot & 1% Malbec

Region: Sonoma Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $90

Cases produced: 671

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 5, 2014

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Cab based blend opens with a musty old oak influenced black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy going. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused black currant with notes of black olive. I also detected hints of black tea and faint strawberry the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins stick around for quite some time. This wine needs some fat in the near term. That said, I would decant it for about an hour and serve it with a well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2011 Vintage Reserve showcases the art of growing and crafting cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon that is deeply layered and highly polished. Aromas of blackberry, black spice, dried lavender and Darjeeling tea. Concentrated flavors of black currant, cacao and roasted espresso bean are seamlessly supported by the bold structure that gives the wine tremendous depth, length and intensity. Round and smooth in its youth, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully up to 15 years from vintage.

Organic status: not organic

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