I’m not a wine and travel blogger for the fame, the money, or the occasional samples, I’m in it because I love to share great experiences. That’s why sometimes I write a weekly post and sometimes it’s (over) a month when I write again. I have to be moved and inspired. On Saturday night, March 31, 2012, I found my inspiration again. I was in my favorite wine bar on the planet (to date), Battery Park Bookstore & Champagne Bar in Asheville, NC. The wine list changes frequently, so every time I visit, I have a new wine experience. This time was no different. However, my Tempranillo-loving wine friends didn’t want to split a bottle, so I was on my own. I was craving red. I looked at the wine list and there it was, 2008 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée. I know about Gundlach Bundschu, fondly called GunBun, from a wine friend in the St. Louis area and from the winery’s Facebook page. Who couldn’t love a winery that describes itself as, “The oldest family-owned winery in CA, we specialize in making distinctive estate-grown wines and sharing them and our property in a warm, fun, unpretentious manner.” I’m all over warm, fun, and unpretentious. At any rate, this wine called my name and I was not disappointed. I think my female friends would especially love this wine, because it tastes like what makes us happiest: dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. When I drove home to Virginia the next day, I wished I’d bought the entire bottle. Now I’m on the hunt for the best deal for a multi-bottle purchase and I’m planning a visit to the winery for a fun and unpretentious second tasting experience.
2008 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée
37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 5% Syrah
4700 cases produced
$24.00 directly from the winery