Rhinefarm is located 35 miles north of San Francisco on the southwesterly slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. This southernmost point in Sonoma Valley, flanked by the Carneros district to the south and Napa Valley to the east, Rhinefarm has a unique combination of steep hillsides and cool valley floor sites, allowing for a broad variety of high quality grapes.
I had the pleasure of a private tour of Gundlach Bundschu-Gun Bun-with Jeff Bundschu, the sixth generation California vintner, on a trip to Sonoma Valley. Raised on the family estate, Bundschu was working in the vineyards by the time he was 12-years-old. And like many of his family members before him, he strives to redefine the estate vision as he meets the challenges of his times. "Each generation of my family has stood on this dirt and looked at the vines and the wines with a fresh eye," he describes. "Our winery's evolution is destined. Families evolve. Land evolves. Plants evolve. And so do palates."
Celebrate Gun Bun's sesquicentennial with a wine that suits your palate. Gundlach Bundschu 2006 Gewurztraminer, Estate Vineyard ($25) is a dry Alsatian style of 100 percent Gewurztraminer. It offers aromas of lychee, orange blossom and spice. Flavors include pear, lychee tangerine and kumquat and a touch of spice on the finish.
Gundlach Bundschu 2006 Chardonnay, Rhinefarm Vineyard ($25) of 100 percent Chardonnay has notes of fresh pineapple, toasted almond with white pearl and a touch of minerality. The wine is lush and round with a finish of lemon meringue and vanilla.
Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Mountain Cuvee, Rhinefarm Vineyard ($24) is 71 percent Merlot, 21 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and three percent Cabernet Franc. It is fragrant with toast, spice, plum and black cherry. The wine opens with flavors of raspberries cocoa, cola and spice.
Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Pinot Noir, Rhinefarm ($38) offers aromas of black cherry, rose petal and black spice with juicy dark fruit flavors, and a complex minerality. It has an elegant texture, a smooth and long finish.
Congratulations, Jeff on another beautiful vintage. We look forward to many more vintages of Gun Bun wines.