In 1850, Jacob Gundlach left Germany to immigrate to America. Upon arrival in San Francisco, he immediately founded the Bavaria Brewery. Along with Emil Dresel, Gundlach bought over 400 acres of land in Sonoma Valley.
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Gundlach Bundschu was established by two German immigrants named Jacob Gundlach and Emil Dresel. The winery is a 6th generation, family owned producer of high quality Sonoma Valley wines. They make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The two men named their property, Rhinefarm, and made their first vintage in 1861. In 1868, Charles Bundschu entered the partnership and the winery entered a long period of expansion. Gundlach Bundschu survived Phylloxera much better than most wineries due to privately funded rootstock innovations.
The winery is currently run by Jim and Jeff Bundschu who are the 5th and 6th generation respectively. Linda Trotta has been the head winemaker for over a decade. She graduated from the UC Davis Enology and Viticulture Department.
Sourced from the winery’s estate vineyards, the Gundlach Bundschu 2002 Rhinefarm Merlot has a bit of spice blended with the usual fruit flavors of a good Merlot. The tannins are assertive enough for structure, but blend very well with the upfront flavors.