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The newest vintage of Bundschu Family Cabernet Sauvignon may be our best yet. More info »
The 2014 Vintage Reserve is the fourth and final release of the Groundworks label series. And the finale was worth the wait.
The 2014 Vintage Reserve teases the personalities of both its predecessors: the early accessible 2012 and the patience requesting 2013. Big, earthy aromas of dark fruits with savory mountain sage, purple flowers, rich cocoa, warm cedar, and a wet slate minerality envelope the senses, leading to a playfully coy palate where the lush, concentrated texture hints at deep layers yet to be exposed. Very fine tannins balance and frame the richness of the body without detracting from a sensuously long, mocha finish. Decant to enjoy or age for 5-20 years to experience.
Since 1981, the Bundschu family has crafted a limited bottling of the vintage's most elegant and expressive vines with the designation Vintage Reserve. 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 eight 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 that yield 2.5 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 cooler climate estate vineyard.
Six lots hand- and optically-sorted and gravity fed to fermentation vessels.
Five day cold soak; D254 and indigenous yeast strains.
26-28 days maceration.
Extraction through gentle pump-overs.