Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California

2019 will be remembered for high winds and plentiful rain lasting into mid spring, which meant little need for irrigation during the growing season. “Our Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced primarily from the family’s 163+year-old, Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard, located on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. The terrain above 150 ft elevation is dominated by Arrowhead Mountain and features steep, southwest-facing hillsides of shallow, rocky soils of volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. A portion is sourced from slightly warmer, high elevation sites adding weight to the midpalate.” 2019 vintage: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% kPetit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Sirah. Grapes were hand-harvested in the cool morning. Twice daily pump-overs. Indigenous malolactic fermentation and weekly battonage. Cooperage: 18 months in 100% French oak barrels, 45% new. Tasting notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon consistently garners high praise from critics. The naturally cool climate of our Rhinefarm vineyards creates ideal conditions for the slow ripening of fruit, which translates into a wine that has complexity and depth of flavor. Plush notes of blackberry, boysenberry and black plum deliver a silky texture.