2008 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée

2008 Gundlach Bundschu Winery Mountain Cuvée (Bordeaux blend)

I’m not a wine and travel blogger for the fame, the money, or the occasional samples, I’m in it because I love to share great experiences. That’s why sometimes I write a weekly post and sometimes it’s (over) a month when I write again. I have to be moved and inspired. On Saturday night, March 31, 2012, I found my inspiration again. I was in my favorite wine bar on the planet (to date), Battery Park Bookstore & Champagne Bar in Asheville, NC. The wine list changes frequently, so every time I visit, I have a new wine experience. This time was no different. However, my Tempranillo-loving wine friends didn’t want to split a bottle, so I was on my own. I was craving red. I looked at the wine list and there it was, 2008 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain CuvéeI know about Gundlach Bundschu, fondly called GunBun, from a wine friend in the St. Louis area and from the winery’s Facebook page. Who couldn’t love a winery that describes itself as, “The oldest family-owned winery in CA, we specialize in making distinctive estate-grown wines and sharing them and our property in a warm, fun, unpretentious manner.” I’m all over warm, fun, and unpretentious. At any rate, this wine called my name and I was not disappointed. I think my female friends would especially love this wine, because it tastes like what makes us happiest: dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. When I drove home to Virginia the next day, I wished I’d bought the entire bottle. Now I’m on the hunt for the best deal for a multi-bottle purchase and I’m planning a visit to the winery for a fun and unpretentious second tasting experience.

The specs:

2008 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée
37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 5% Syrah
ABV 14.4%
4700 cases produced
$24.00 directly from the winery


  1. If you enjoyed that, you need to treat yourself to an array of their wines. I review a few on my blog; it is hard to pick a favorite. Merlot, Tempranillo, Cab Franc, Gewurz. Pick one. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Couldn’t agree more on both accounts. I recently move to Asheville and found the Battery Park Bookstore and… Likewise, I discovered this GunBun Mountain Cuvee. I stop in at least once a week for a glass + with truffles, heaven. Plus since Asheville’s just a “small” town I can walk/stumble home and it’s no probelm. It may be small-town in size, but it’s big in so much more as battery park shows.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly! I can’t wait to return to Asheville! I am in Denver now and found Mountain Cuvée here! Yippee!

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