Monday, June 9, 2008

Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Zinfandel

What is it about Zinfandel that brings out the punster in us? Is it because it’s so zinfully delicious? I don’t know but for this one time, dear reader, I decided not to punish you with my punnish ways, (haha! Oh. Sorry...) and to let the wine have the spotlight (at least in the post title).

Gundlach Bundschu (pronounced: gun-lock bun-shoe) is a very cool Sonoma vineyard currently run by 6th generation vitner, Jeff Bundschu, who has a cool blog called Blogschu (clearly Jeff is a fan of the pun). Gundlach Bundschu (AKA: Gun Bun) celebrated their sesquicentennial earlier this year--that's 150 years of family winemaking folks!

We visited the tasting room in Sonoma last October and brought this bottle back home with us. We saved it for a whole seven months but, finally, the BBQ called and the Zin answered...

Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Zinfandel
Rhinefarm Vineyard
Alcohol: 15.7%
Price: ~35$

Aromas: Blackberry, plum, raspberry, mint
Flavors: Plum, raspberry, allspice, pepper, tar, chocolate

Summary: Well-balanced medium-bodied wine that is ‘rich not heavy.’ A delectable long finish makes this wine great on its own or paired with barbequed chicken. While it’s not a cheap bottle, it’s a good value as Sonoma Valley single vineyard Zins go. I don’t know if you can get it anywhere else but direct from GB but, if you like a classic Zin, seek it out.