2013 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

Receiving 91 points by Robert Parker, this vintage is one for the books.

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Tasting NOTES

Being championed by the Bundschu family since 1976 as a single-varietal wine, the 2013 once again proves why the gospel of Gun Bun and Sonoma Valley Merlot should be sung from the rooftops. The vintage itself has shown great depth and structure across the board and this is as big and dark of a Merlot as we have ever made. However, while full of the power and character that would satisfy any Cabernet lover, it is not a heavy wine. Huge flavors upfront reveal nuanced layers that will entice and please all who love great red wine.

The lush nose leads with purple and blue fruits, elegant floral notes and dark spice. A well-balanced blend of young tannins and lively acidity ensconce flavors of plum, black cherries and raspberries, fresh herbs, and chocolate that resonate through the ever-lingering finish. This sermon for your senses will gratify you now but has the ageability to benefit from an additional seven years from vintage and continue to develop at least 12-15. Amen.

Vineyard NOTES

Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu family's 158 year-old vineyard wraps around the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. Steep, southwest-facing hillsides of shallow, rocky soils of volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. A portion sourced from warmer vineyard sites adds lushness to the mid-palate.

Production NOTES

Three-to-five day cold soak before fermentations with D254 yeast strain. Extraction through gentle pumpovers tailored by lot, using louvers and screens to eliminate pumping skins and seeds. Weekly battonage during the native malolactic fermentation.

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Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal Composition:
  • 84% Merlot
  • 8% Malbec
  • 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2% Petit Verdot
Sonoma Valley
TA 0.56
Barrel Aging:
  • 17 months in 100% French oak
    40% new
    Primary cooper Nadalie.
Alcohol %:

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