Wine Wednesday: Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2012 ($28)

Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay - white wine - thegrape.comThis Week In White Wine: Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2012 ($28)

“More POW! WOW! … the kind of wine that walks into a party, makes its presence known, then is able to deliver the goods to back up its assertive, confident manner.” – Jameson Fink


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points (2013), 90 Points (2011 – 2012)

Tasting Panel – 90 Points (2012-2013)

Best Wines Under $50 – 2016

Best White Wines of the Year – 2016


Wine Review

The grapes selected for the 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay were sourced from the Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard. Nestled in the southern tip of Sonoma Valley next to the Carneros district and Napa Valley; the estate has cultivated vines for over 150 years. The property offers loam soils with gravel deposits along with cooler growing conditions, giving the wine its nice acidic edge with minerality appeal.

The praised, 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay exhibits fresh, layered aromas of Meyer lemon, mandarin orange, key lime, with a hint of minerality and soft notes of spice. On the palate, citrus driven fruit flavors are followed by touches of honey accented with a creamy texture and intense weight, depth and length. This is a truly elegant Chardonnay that represents the classic character of the old vines and ancient soils of the vineyard.

If you’re unable to locate bottle of the 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay, try a bottle of the more recent 2014 vintage Chardonnay. Continuing the desire of making Chardonnay driven by Rhinefarm’s 40+ year old Heritage vines rather than a movie night buttered popcorn line-up, this exquisite, blockbuster 2014 Chardonnay is as flavorful and balanced as any the winery has produced. Opening with thrilling aromatics of mandarin orange zest, guava, vanilla, and beautiful white blossom floral notes, the palate is at once both creamy and bright with a medium weight and a supporting cast of white peach and Meyer lemon flavors and clean minerality that draws through the long, satisfying denouement of this fresh yet layered Chardonnay.

“Smooth and toasty with creamy texture and rip fruit; long and balanced, rich and stylish.” – Tasting Panel, 2013

Refreshing now and the ability to pair with a wide variety of foods, including salads, seafood, roasted poultry and fresh fish tacos, this wine has the structure to age (really well) over the next 3 – 5 years. Try pairing the 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay white wine with the following meals: THEGRAPE’s Maple Carrot Soup Recipe, a Lemon Chardonnay Grilled Chicken or Buttermilk Fried Chicken with sour cream mashed potatoes. If you’re in the mood for seafood, try a Spanish Paella. Below you’ll find these delicious recipes.


Wine Region: Sonoma, California

Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Style: Full-bodied, Fruity & Crisp

Drinks Like: Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013 ($35), Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2013 ($35)


Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Maple Carrot Soup Recipe – Click To View Recipes

Maple Carrot Soup and Wine with Buttermilk Scones - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Spanish PaellaButtermilk Fried Chicken with Sour Cream Mashed Potato and a Lemon-Chardonnay Grilled Chicken Recipe.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay food and white wine recipe pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay
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Grape Certified Gold Medal

The 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay offers rich aromas and flavors that are congealed to perfection and adored by the masses. Enjoy notes of lemon meringue pie, fresh lime, and sweet grapefruit, followed by vanilla, honey, and tangerine. This is a delicious full-bodied wine with creamy texture and crisp acidity. Relish this Grape Certified white wine tonight.

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