A pioneer in Merlot, since 1976, the 2016 is a classic expression of Gundlach Bundschu’s memorable style. Ripe plums and dark berries dance on the nose with earthier elements. Fleshy and hedonistic in style, with ripe tannins and good depth, this is a high-value gem of the vintage.
Leading off the Bordeaux varieties, the 2016 Merlot (82% Merlot, 9% Petite Verdot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a great nose of smoke tobacco, ripe black cherries, currants, and chocolate. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has a fleshy, pleasure-bent style, and ripe tannins. It's another value gem in the vintage.WA88
Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Merlot has a lively nose with dried thyme, oregano, warm chocolate, smoked meats and a hint of blackcurrant bud with crème de cassis and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has firm, gently chewy tannins, great freshness and a good core of spicy fruits, finishing lifted.JS93
Ripe plums, dark berries and earthy elements on the nose. This offers a bright structure with deep flavors, carried amid fine tannins. Good depth and richness. 82% merlot, 9% petit verdot and 9% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.