2012 Vintage Reserve

Sonoma Valley

Since 1981, the Bundschu family has crafted a limited bottling from the vintage's most elegant and expressive fruit with the designation Vintage Reserve.

Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 6.

Retail $135.00

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Tasting NOTES

The Vintage Reserve represents the pinnacle of what Gundlach Bundschu produces each year.

In 2012, Mother Nature blessed us with an exemplary growing year for great Bordeaux-style wines on Rhinefarm. A little more feminine and finesse driven than some of her peers to the east, the 2012 Vintage Reserve is a powerful Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine that provides the muscle you would expect from a flagship wine with the elegance, polish and refinement that can only come from a cool climate. Bold, seductive aromas waft out of the glass to greet the olfactory receptors with chocolate-covered blueberries and beautiful notes of violets and lavender, intermingled with the warm aromatics of Darjeeling tea and brown spices.

On the palate, the wine is both mouth-filling and lush yet refined, showing a decadent core of blackberry and black currant with some earthy tones leading into a pleasingly long finish nuanced by fresh espresso and tinges of graphite. The structure is supported by well integrated but young tannins and a well-balanced acidity, culminating in yet another fantastic expression of the Vintage Reserve that reminds you why the Bundschus have been known for Bordeaux-varietal wines since the 1800s. More than satisfying right now, this wine will slowly reveal everything she has to offer if you can hold on to her for the next 5 to 20 years.

Vineyard NOTES

Executive Winemaker Keith Emerson selects individual barrels to blend a wine that showcases the distinctive character of Cabernet-family grapes grown on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Our 150+ year old estate vineyard lies 8 miles north of San Pablo Bay on steep, shallow soils of volcanic ash and tufa, exposed to pervasive maritime breezes, long daylight hours and extreme diurnal temperature shifts. Top blocks are farmed specifically for Vintage Reserve yield 2.5 tons/acre.

A few miles north of our estate along the ridge at an elevation of 2,000+ feet lies Bismark Mountain Ranch, with similar soils and exposure and slightly warmer temperatures. Lots sourced from this high elevation site add weight to the midpalate and a juicy component to the well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon from our cooler climate estate vineyard.

Production NOTES

We carefully select all the grapes which are flagged for our Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit is hand harvested in the cool morning hours by block, then we optically sort the grapes and give them a five-day cold soak before fermentation, using a combination of indigenous yeasts and D254. It enjoys a 28-32 day maceration, with gentle pumpovers to achieve color and flavor extraction, tailored by lot and we employ louvers and screens to avoid pumping seeds and skins. The wine spends 20 months in 100% French oak, 65% new. Thin stave, tight grain. Primary coopers: Taransaud, Ermitage and Demptos.

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Wine Type:
Red Wine
Vintage Reserve
Varietal Composition:
  • 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 11% Cabernet Franc
  • 3% Petit Verdot
  • 1% Malbec
Sonoma Valley
TA 059.g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
  • Twenty months
    100% French oak
    65% new.
    Thin stave, tight grain.
    Primary cooper: Taransaud, Ermitage and Demptos.
Alcohol %:

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