Wine Wednesday: Gundlach Bundschu Moutain Cuvée 2012 ($20)

2012 Gundlach Bundschu Moutain Cuvee - Red Wine - THEGRAPE

This Week In Red Wine: Gundlach Bundschu Moutain Cuvée Red Blend 2012 ($20)

“A California Côtes du Rhône look-alike, the 2012 Mountain Cuvée is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Zinfandel, and the rest, small dollops of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec aged 14 months in mostly French oak. It reveals spicy, peppery, meaty notes intermixed with hints of Provençal herbs, dense black cherry and plum-like fruit, medium to full body, an attractive texture, and a seductive finish. Drink it over the next several years.” – Robert Parker ~ Wine Advocate


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

Tasting Panel – 91 Points (2009)

Wine Enthusiast – 87 Points

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate – 88 Points

Best Wines Under $20 – 2016

Best Red Blends & Red Wines of the Year – 2016


Wine Review

When you’ve found the perfect blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, what’s not to like? This is the 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée, a modern American red blend and a tribute to the southwest wine region of France – a perfect combination of a serious, yet easy-to-drink red wine. While most of the grapes for this particular blend were estate grown, the remainder was sourced from top vineyards in Sonoma County.

The highly praised 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée showcases rich dark fruity elements of, black plum, blackberry, and creamy cocoa flavors, with accents of smoke and black tea. On the palate, enjoy juicy, creamy flavors with a round appeal that offer soft tannins. The finish is long and full of dense berries and mocha flavors.

Whether you decide to enjoy a bottle tonight or store it for another 2 – 3 years, you won’t be disappointed. For our fellow foodies, we suggest pairing this complex red wine with THEGRAPE’s Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon or a bowl of Hungarian beef goulash. For poultry lovers, try the roasted chicken with potatoes and Greek seasoning. And for those looking to explore other cuisines, try escalivada Catalana dish, it is scrumptious!


Wine Region: Sonoma County, California

Wine Grapes: 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Zinfandel

Style: Full-bodied, Complex & Round

Drinks Like: 2012 Chateau Barde-Haut St. Emilion Grand Cru ($27), 2012 Francis Ford Coppola Eleanor Sonoma-Napa Counties ($50)


Food & Wine Pairings: Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon – Click To View Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Steaks and Wine - Food & Wine Pairings - Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Hungarian Beef Goulash RecipeRoast Chicken with Potatoes & Greek Seasoning and A Taste of Sunshine: Escalivada Catalana Dish

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 food and wine recipe & red blend wine 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!


Gold in that Mountain [Cuvee]!
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Grape Certified Gold

The 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée reveals loads of dark stone fruit with berry aromas and flavors. But that’s not all. Upon savoring the dense stone fruit flavors elements of black pepper, earth, cocoa and smokiness surface. Sip after sip, you’re sure to discover new flavors. This Grape Certified Gold wine is a steal and treat for under $25!

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