Wine Last Sold on: April 25, 2011
2007 Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
|Total Allocation:||New Release|
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The Winery Says:
About This Wine:
The Burgess Cellars’ hillside vineyards are on the steep slopes of Howell Mountain. The various exposures result in grapes that complement one another and build a complex, delicious wine. Soils range from volcanic ash to rocky marine sediments, this, combined with mature vines and skilled wine making give us a complex and elegant wine. The wine shows off dense Cabernet Sauvignon character accented with vanilla, balancing spices and toasty oak from traditional barrel aging.
Vineyard & Winemaker Notes: Napa Valley is known for excellent and consistent wines, this year was no exception. From a solid fruit set to ideal harvest conditions, the grapes came in with stunning quality. More family involvement from Jim and Steve Burgess starting in 2006 resulted in a stricter, more detailed, and more thorough evaluation of maturity resulting is some of the most accurate picking dates ever. Knowing wines are made in the vineyard, this is paramount to success. True to Burgess style, our wines showcase the fruit, complemented by a hint of French oak.
About The Winery:
Burgess Cellars, located on the slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, focuses on creating exceptional, hand-crafted estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah.
Burgess traces its origins to an original winery on the property in the 1880’s. Since 1972, Napa Valley pioneer Tom Burgess and his family have followed the belief that it is vital to grow only those varietals ideally suited to a particular vineyard’s soil composition, sun and wind exposure, and overall micro-climate. The French refer to this as “terroir,” and it certainly explains the consistent aromas and flavors found in the hillside Burgess Cabernet Sauvignon.
Over the years three distinct estate vineyard sites have been cultivated and nurtured to create the very best handcrafted wines. The Burgess flagship wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, thrives on the western slopes of Howell Mountain near the winery; Merlot is ideally suited to the Triere Vineyard on the Napa Valley floor in the Oak Knoll AVA just south of Yountville; Syrah is perfectly matched to conditions in the estate vineyard site on the eastern slope of Howell Mountain.
Burgess is somewhat unique in the Napa Valley today, in that it is truly a family-owned winery which has employed the same gifted winemaker, Bill Sorenson, since the winery’s re-birth in 1972.
Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Vineyard Locations: Burgess Estate Vineyards, Western & Eastern slopes of Howell Mountain
Grape Variety: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec
Process: 100% Malolactic Fermentation
Harvest Notes: An ideal year with a steady harvest pace. Many regard 2007 as one of the best vintages of the decade.
Cases produced: 6,200
Release date: February 2011
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Mission Codename: The View From Above
Operative: Agent White
Objective: With Howell Mountain’s Burgess Cellars under extended surveillance, rush to procure their newest Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Burgess Celllars
Wine Subject: 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Steve Burgess
Backgrounder: Our Operatives love Burgess Cellars’ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2004 and 2005 vintages we featured previous have become top operative favorites When we got wind that Steve’s 2007 vintage was ready, we were able to secure a special preview allocation of the fantastic 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, a delicious wine that is sure to please even the toughest of Cab critics.
Today’s selection comes from Burgess’s Howell Mountain Estate Vineyard. The Howell Mountain region in the Napa Valley is the birthplace of some of our very favorite wines. We fell in love early on and we have not been disappointed by a high-elevation Howell Mountain wine.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark garnet and deep purple with a clear but dark and murky core. Its dense color remains to the meniscus and when swirled thins legs hang for a moment before descending to the wine below.
Smell – Toasted and smokey oak frame the spiced and ripe dark blackberry, cassis and red currants along with dark earthy minerals. The initially bold fruit, spice and wood aromas are woven with green herbal, sweet black licorice, cocoa and toasted vanilla hints.
Feel – Rich and expansive with highly textured minerality and a sturdy and powdered tannic structure. Its balanced acidity provides an chewy and generous feel and its soft spice lingers on the tip and corners of the tongue.
Taste – Blackberry, cassis, plum and currants lead the way in this fruit forward rich, concentrated and expansive wine. Toasted oak, soft spice, green herbal, pepper and black licorice linger along with tart fruit.
Finish – Long and expansive with the textured powdered tannins and earthy minerality coating the palate while the fruit flavor lingers. The dry and chewy mouth-feel makes the mouth water for another sip just as the fruit fades.
Conclusion – The 2007 Burgess Celllars Estate Cabernet Sauvignon will instantly appeal to lovers of mountain fruit Cabernet. Lead in with an inviting nose of classic aromas, this wines great texture and structure grasps a hold of the rich and concentrated flavors and lasts long after you take your sip. A great wine for prime rib roast with all the decadent fixings. Enjoy now after decanting or cellar for 5-7 years.
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Steve Burgess
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: We are into terroir and brilliance.
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: 1972
AGENT WHITE: Greetings, Steve. We are thrilled to be showing your 2007 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
STEVE BURGESS: You are welcome. We look forward to spreading our normally clandestine wines through your network of spies, ”terroirists,” and foodie operatives.
WHITE: Excellent! Tell me, was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
STEVE: Europe in the 1960s.
WHITE: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
STEVE: Europe in the 1960s.
WHITE: Who do you make wine for?
STEVE: We make wine for ourselves – in a style that is LOVED by chefs, foodies, and serious-wine people.
WHITE: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.
STEVE: This is a special wine, from our mountain estates on the slopes of Howell Mountain. Only 4% of wines from California are from Napa, only about 10% of wines from Napa are hillside- if that. therefore, this wine represents a style that only 4/10 of 1%, of California wine can taste like. The beauty, depth, and character are amazing.
WHITE: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
STEVE: Lamb, Steak, Lasagne, Everything.
WHITE: In your opinion, what makes your Napa Valley vineyards so special?
STEVE: See above, plus, our winery was originally built in the 188
WHITE: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
STEVE: Re-wiring a barn, fixing a gate, bottling the 2009s, blending the 2010s, fine-tuning which barrels we use…
WHITE: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?
STEVE: With an open mind, mouth, and a curiosity as to “Wow, why is this so different and great? Where have you been all my life!”
WHITE: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
STEVE: Please visit Burgess, we have the best view of the Napa Valley to enjoy while trying our estate-only wines. We are a part of Napa’s history, come see why!
WHITE: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Burgess Cellars can be seen in this satellite photo.