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2013 Vintage ReserveSonoma Valley
The Vintage Reserve represents the pinnacle of what Gundlach Bundschu produces each year. In 2013, Mother Nature blessed us with yet another exemplary year for growing Bordeaux-style wines on Rhinefarm.
Generally, 32 years isn't a milestone but when legendary wine critic Robert Parker, Jr. bestowed our 32nd Vintage Reserve 97 points, we declared it one. The 2013 Vintage Reserve is loaded with berries, dark chocolate, violets and dried herbs, espresso, toasty vanilla, and rich earth. Supple tannins meld with blackberries, red currants and cocoa powder to offer mouth-filling texture, great acidity and a lingering finish. This vintage will mature for another 32 years if you're patient or decant for 3+ hours if you're not.
Since 1981, the Bundschu family has crafted a limited bottling of the vintage's most elegant and expressive vines with the designation Vintage Reserve. Winemaking team Anne Dempsey and Keith Emerson selected six distinct lots to blend a wine that showcases the distinctive character of Cabernet-family grapes grown on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Featuring the southernmost Cabernet sites in Sonoma County, our 150+ year old estate vineyard lies eight miles north of the San Pablo Bay on steep, shallow soils of Volcanic ash and tufa. These vineyards are exposed to pervasive maritime breezes, long daylight hours and extreme diurnal temperature shifts. Top blocks are farmed specifically for Vintage Reserve that yield 25 tons/acre. Lots sourced from other high elevation sites in Sonoma Valley add weight to the midpalate and a juicy component to the well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon from our coller climate estate vineyard.
The Vintage Reserve represents the pinnacle of what Gundlach Bundschu produces each year. In 2013, Mother Nature blessed us with yet another exemplary year for growing Bordeaux-style wines on Rhinefarm. The vintage itself has shown great depth and structure, and this powerful Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine provides the muscle you would expect from a flagship wine with the elegance, polish and refinement that can only come from a cool climate.
- 2013 Vintage Reserve
- Varietal Composition:
- 82% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 12% Cabernet Franc
- 6% Petit Verdot
- Sonoma Valley
- TA: 0.64 g/100ml
- Barrel Aging:
- 20 months
100% French Oak
Taransaud, Quintessence, Ermitage, and Demptos
- 20 months