Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu family’s 158 year-old vineyard wraps around the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The terrain features steep, southwest-facing hillsides of shallow, rocky soils of volcanic
ash and alluvial wash. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. A portion is sourced from warmer vineyard sites in Sonoma Valley to add lushness to the mid-palate.
Being championed by the Bundschu family since 1976 as a single-varietal wine, the 2013 once again proves why the
gospel of Gun Bun and Sonoma Valley Merlot should be sung from the rooftops. The vintage itself has shown great depth and structure across the board and this is as big and dark of a Merlot as we have ever made. However, while full of the power and character that would satisfy any Cabernet lover, it is not a heavy wine.
Huge flavors upfront reveal nuanced layers that will entice and please all who love great red wine. The lush nose leads with purple and blue fruits, elegant floral notes and dark spice. A well-balanced blend of young tannins and lively acidity ensconce flavors of plum, black cherries and raspberries, fresh herbs, and chocolate that resonate through the everlingering finish. This sermon for your senses will gratify you now but has the ageability to benefit from an additional seven years from vintage and continue to develop at least 12-15.
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
TA: 0.56 g/100mL
The 2013 Merlot Sonoma is a major winner and sleeper of the vintage as well as realistically priced. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, the powerful black cherry and chocolaty notes are full-bodied and the wine graceful, rich, full-bodied, opulent and irresistible. The mocha/chocolate component in the black fruit is sensational. Drink it over the next decade or more. - Robert Parker 91 Points