Thursday, December 02, 2004

Gun Buns

Gundlach Bundschu, Mountain Cuvee, Rhinefarm Vineyard 2001 ($20) -- Sonoma Valley, CA; 69% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc; a "Bordeaux" inspired blend from the southern tip of the Mayacamas Mountains. I tried this wine this summer at an outdoor cafe on Hyde Park Square and liked it very much. Since then, I have also tried the "Bearitage", a non-vintage, low-end blend ($15), which is very good and a great value. An appealing, soft, fruit nose, with warm, pleasant flavors, full-bodied, good structure and mid-palate and velvet finish. A good choice to drink now with dinner at a moderate price. Your dinner guests will come back again (and again) if you serve this wine, so be careful in offering this tasteful and elegant wine from a fine California producer. Only Offer to Guests You Want to Stay.


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