Friday, December 24, 2010

Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet

Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Vintage Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon
, California, U.S.A.
$54.98 -- Twin Liquors, Austin, TX

Color: Deep ruby with a brown tinge
Nose: Cherry, eucalyptus, sage
Body: Medium to full
Front: Raspberry, stewed plums
Middle: Coffee, sage
Back: Firm tannins, leather 
Burns clean?: Mostly
Cap: Cork

It's a special night, let's face it. Time to break out the good shit. This isn't a fat cabernet, though; it's got an old-world vibe, a lightness in the middle and a seriousness about its non-fruit flavors. A cigar-drinker's wine; a foodie's wine. This one is better with pickles and mustard--palate-cleansers.