July 20, 2009

Gundlach Bundschu ’05 Merlot, Rhinefarm Vineyard

If you’ve ever caught yourself doing a Paul Giamatti and screaming, “I’m not drinking any stinkin’ Merlot!” this Sonoma Valley wine from Gundlach Bundschu will surely change your mind.

The ’05 from Rhinefarm Vineyard is composed of about 94% Merlot, and a wee-bit of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. While the delicious bouquet of spiceful aromas grace your senses, the juicy dark fruits will frame your palate and tickle your senses. It offers a decadent structure – not too chewy and not too acidic despite that it contains 14% alcohol.

Price: $32/bottle
Where To Buy: Wilson Daniels
Pair With: Merlot is typically a versatile wine making it easier to pair. Due to its soft, medium body you can try with something as simple as a Spaghetti Bolognese or some more decadent like a Garlic Prime Rib.