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Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2018

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This dry Gewürztraminer from Rhinefarm represents the new and the old. Utilizing that cooling effect, they strive for balanced vines with canopies that protect the fruit as much as possible from direct sunlight to preserve the beautiful Gewürztraminer characteristics and pick early to capture the natural acidity. This varietal is usually the first harvested each year, turning a beautiful light red hue to let us know its natural spice is developing. Each nuanced portion of the vineyard provides slightly different flavor profiles and those are identified and fermented separately. During winemaking, they freeze a small portion of the fruit to develop the mid-palate of the wine.

HARD TO SAY, EASY TO LOVE. The 2018 Gewürztraminer is a showstopper. Aromas of night-blooming jasmine flowers, lychee, stone fruit, and even cantaloupe, are balanced by a subtle richness in texture, and of course, a crisp, dry finish. To top it off, its pale straw color, will look beautiful alongside a plethora of colorful dishes at every season.

Critical Acclaim

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TP 92
Tasting Panel

Rose petal nose; crisp, dry, and spicy with a silky texture and an elegant style. So delightfully fresh and lovely that it raises the question of why this charming variety is made by so few producers.

WW 91
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: I was barely legal when I tasted and enjoyed my first Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer. Since those days, I made a point to taste each new release as they came on board. The 2018 vintage brings me back to those early days. TASTING NOTES: This wine defines the grape variety well. Its aromas and flavors of rose petals and flowers are New World and beautiful. Pair it with Vietnamese five-spiced chicken and enjoy the synergy of food and wine. (Tasted: July 24, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Gewürztraminer has an elegant nose with restrained aromas of lychee, musk perfume and rose petal with pure stone fruits and light tropical touches at the core. Medium-bodied, it offers restrained, pure fruits with refreshing acidity and a lightly textured finish. This is a lovely, understated style of the grape. 4,766 cases produced.

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Gundlach Bundschu, California
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Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.

Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives.

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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Gewürztraminer, an expressive and aromatically distinctive white grape variety, is considered a noble variety in the Alsace region of France, and produces wonderful wines in the mountainous Alto Adige region of NE Italy. Generally this grape grows well in cooler regions and its natural intensity makes it a great ally for flavorful cuisine such as Indian, Middle Eastern or Moroccan. Somm Secret—Because of a charming perfume and tendency towards slight sweetness, Gewürztraminer makes for an excellent gateway wine for those who love sweet wines but want to venture into the realm of drier whites.

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