Gundlach Bundschu

Sonoma Valley Merlot

9.0160 ratings
8.820 pro ratings
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Daniel P. Drake

It is Friday night once again and to great the weekend I have opened the 2014 Gundlach-Bundschu Merlot Sonoma Valley Sonoma County. 84% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, what the othe 1% is I was unable to find that out.

Upon opening the nose reveals dark juicy fruit, blackberry, black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, mocha, smokey oak and dry earthy notes.

The palate reveals confirmation of the nose, black cherry, black raspberry, black plum, spice, sweet tobacco, herbs, smokey oak and rich earthy notes.

A very nice full bodied wine with a velvety mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + grippy tannins that lead to a long fruit filled finish. Have a great weekend with family and friends and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

It is Friday night once again and to great the weekend I have opened the 2014 Gundlach-Bundschu Merlot Sonoma Valley Sonoma County. 84% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, what the othe 1% is I was unable to find that out.

Upon opening the nose reveals dark juicy fruit, blackberry, black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, mocha, smokey oak and dry earthy notes.

The palate reveals confirmation of the nose, black cherry, black raspberry, black plum, spice, sweet tobacco, herbs, smokey oak and rich earthy notes.

A very nice full bodied wine with a velvety mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + grippy tannins that lead to a long fruit filled finish. Have a great weekend with family and friends and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Nov 17th, 2018
Craig Stanfield

Nice merlot. Plenty of backbone to make this interesting. Not flabby at all but still plenty of fruit and spice.

Nice merlot. Plenty of backbone to make this interesting. Not flabby at all but still plenty of fruit and spice.

Aug 8th, 2018
Sarah Stierch

Food & Wine Editor Sonoma Valley Sun

7.2

Too tannic for me

Too tannic for me

Apr 27th, 2018
Daniel Peters

Wow! Heavy and spicy! Yummy and long finish helloooooo!

Wow! Heavy and spicy! Yummy and long finish helloooooo!

1 person found it helpfulDec 20th, 2015
Paul Hoffert

Berry flavors with hints of tea and maybe a little tobacco flavor. Nice finish.

Berry flavors with hints of tea and maybe a little tobacco flavor. Nice finish.

1 person found it helpfulMar 26th, 2015
Gil Chun

Gil had this 5 years ago

Gil had this 5 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 5th, 2014
Beau Carson

Beautiful wine. Ripe strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry with dark chocolate, smoke, toast, and tiny hints of violets, lavender, and wet leaves.

Beautiful wine. Ripe strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry with dark chocolate, smoke, toast, and tiny hints of violets, lavender, and wet leaves.

Apr 29th, 2017
Tal Yaacovi

reliable gunbun! this 2010 Merlot was smooth.

reliable gunbun! this 2010 Merlot was smooth.

Jan 31st, 2016
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

8.6

Long ago I sold this wine. The aromas/flavors resonate strongly with those older versions. Undercurrent of fresh herb to go with the floral black cherry tastes.

Long ago I sold this wine. The aromas/flavors resonate strongly with those older versions. Undercurrent of fresh herb to go with the floral black cherry tastes.

Apr 21st, 2015
R. Addison Wehrfritz

Fruit forward, tart, supple. Needs a good hour or more to soften up and settle down.

Fruit forward, tart, supple. Needs a good hour or more to soften up and settle down.

Feb 7th, 2015