Mountain Cuvée

Sonoma County

A Bordeaux-inspired blend for everyday life that’s soft, lush and smooth but never sweet. Dangerously easy-drinking, this Merlot and Cabernet-based red wine offers balance, food-friendly structure and approachability. It’s crafted for everyday enjoyment in Sonoma Valley. Rated 91 Points, Tasting Panel Magazine.

Philosophy

This Bordeaux-inspired wine honors the style and balance of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Sonoma County. We source vineyards from quality vineyards up against the Maycamas Mountain range to create balance in the wine, fruit, tannin and acid, choosing plots that exhibit the style we seek. For Merlot, we want grapes that ripen well and have an expressive personality and consistency. Then we find Cabernet Sauvignon which provides a darkness to the wine – we source some of the fruit from Rhinefarm. Primarily, we use only two growers within 2 miles of our estate to create the cuvée, or blend, controlling how the vineyard is farmed. This method allows us to get to know the vineyard and find the best way to approach it. During the winemaking process, we blend vineyard blocks together, evaluate and then create an oak program to place the finishing touches on the wine.

We call this managing the wine from dirt to bottle. 

Vineyards

The grapes for Mountain Cuvée are sourced from our Rhinefarm estate as well as fruit selected from prestigious vineyards along the Mayacamas Mountain range. On Rhinefarm, the Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted on the steep, southwestern slopes, ranging from 150 to 300 feet in elevation and eight miles north of the San Pablo Bay. Our Merlot vineyards are located in three different areas on Rhinefarm. One 36-acre hillside section of the estate includes plantings from 1976 and has a soil profile of shallow Rhyolitic volcanic ash, typical of the alluvial fans that comprise the lower Mayacamas Range. With its southwest facing slopes, the site receives optimum sunlight and temperatures.

We harvest each lot separately based on the flavor profile the winemaking team strives for. Tannin structure is achieved through a three to five day cold soak and by using pump overs. This wine sees an average of 14 months in oak, primarily French.

 

 

Pairing Riffs

At Gundlach Bundschu, we make great wine but also like to have a little fun. Here are some alternative ways to enjoy Mountain Cuvée:

  • Any Tuesday night
  • At theme parties
  • On a hike (hey, the name fits)
  • On Steak Night
  • With Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs
  • Sandwiches piled high with roast beef (yum!)
  • Dinner with the in-laws

specifications

Vintage:
2014
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Mountain Cuvee
Varietal Composition:
  • 56% Merlot
  • 41% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2% Malbec
  • 1% Petit Verdot
Appellation:
Sonoma County
Acid:
TA 0.51 g/100ml
PH:
3.69
Barrel Aging:
  • 14 months
    Predominantly French oak
Alcohol %:
14.8%