2014 Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet
“Since 1981, the Bundschu Family has crafted a limited Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve bottling from the most elegant and expressive barrels of the vintage with the designation Vintage Reserve. To keep things interesting, we change the label every vintage, highlighting inspired artists. This current label series was crafted by Nate Reifke.
“When we began to plan the Vintage Reserve program more than 30 years ago, we first identified the very best blocks in our estate vineyard and paid extra special attention to those vines. We still care for them painstakingly today. No expense is spared in in the farming of these blocks — just the very best berries from the best clusters from the best vines from the best rows from the best blocks are picked and pressed.
“Only the highest quality grapes ever have a chance at making it into a Vintage Reserve barrel. The grapes are meticulously sorted using state of the art equipment — you can feel the excitement on the days of harvest when the optical sorter is on the crushpad. There’s no doubt — something special is happening. With the aid of the sorter, our winemaking team selects only the finest grapes, those of the desired shape, color and size, to be pressed and fermented as potential Vintage Reserve.”
“Quietly, but powerfully, the Gundlach Bundschu Winery has been on a qualitative highlight tour over recent years. They have been around for more than 30 years in Sonoma, but certainly things continue to go from strength to strength and consumers are well advised to give them plenty of attention.
“Deep garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2014 Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon displays a relatively earthy nose with notes of tree bark, black loam and iron ore over a core of blackberry preserves, aged meat and cigar boxes. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, it gives wonderfully ripe tannins and great freshness to frame and lift the generous fruit. It finishes long with plenty of savory/earthy flavors.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate