Gundlach Bundschu, Merlot
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Gundlach Bundschu, Merlot - 2018

Item # 22157 750mL
$31.96/ Single Bottle
$383.52 $345.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A layered, brooding, complex wine with aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, dried tobacco leaf & lavender. It’s plush with black plum flavors that deepen into dark coffee, smoke and earth. Notes of minerality, dried sage and bright cherry return at the finish. This a great red wine to sip alone or with any meaty fare.

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Staff Pick Notes

If you have internalized Paul Giamatti's Sideways character's supposed "hatred" for Merlot, now is the time to reconsider. After all, the ironic joke lost on most was that for all his complaining about Merlot, his prized bottle of 1961 Cheval Blanc... Was Merlot (with some Cabernet Franc). A well-made Merlot like this Gundlach Bundschu is a beautiful thing to experience. If your best warm, fuzzy blanket was a wine, it would be this Merlot. It's soft and plush, wrapping you up in ripe black and red fruits, purple flowers, a bit of mocha, and some herbs on the finish. This wine is still robust and structured enough to be perfect for roasted or grilled meats, savory umami rich vegetarian fare, or even drunk on its own!

- HW

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine,...

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