Burgess Merlot Napa Valley 2005

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Our 2005 MERLOT is one of our biggest Merlots ever! It's dark plum color is a clue to the dense black cherry, chocolate, mint and raspberry flavors. click here to learn about our Wine Club Burgess Wine Club, and to join today.Vintage:2005Appellation:Napa Valley, CaliforniaVineyard location:Burgess Estate Vineyard - Yountville pH 3.67; T.A. 0.56; Alc. 14.3%; 100% Malolactic fermentationDescription:The Merlot was grown in our estate vineyard just south of Yountville, in the Oak Knoll AVA.. This region of the Napa Valley is ideal for bringing Merlot to full maturity, thus producing a full-bodied, rich, complex wine with a long lasting finish. The vines are oriented north/south so that they capture both morning and afternoon sun. Another unique characteristic of our Merlot is the hint of mint in the aroma and flavor that comes from Eucalyptus trees growing alongside the vines.Winemakers comments:The harvest of 2005 was quite unique in two related ways. The crop was heavier than normal thus causing the ripeness to be later than usual. This extended hang time added to the rich complexity and integrated flavors of this vintage. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels which complements the vineyards efforts.

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Burgess Cellars:
We are a small, family winery in the heart of the Napa Valley founded in 1972. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. 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, Na... Read more
We are a small, family winery in the heart of the Napa Valley founded in 1972. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. 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. Read less
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02/08/2009

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe harvest was unique because of warmer-than-normal conditions in the Napa Valley. Because of this, the Merlot berries coming out of the Triere Vineyard were even smaller and more concentrated than usual. Once at the winery, the grapes were rotary fermented to extract the best flavors and aromas, while maintaining the balance of tannins. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels.



Our 2005 MERLOT is one of our biggest Merlots ever! It's dark plum color is a clue to the dense black cherry, chocolate, mint and raspberry flavors. click here to learn about our Wine Club Burgess Wine Club, and to join today.Vintage:2005Appellation:Napa Valley, CaliforniaVineyard location:Burgess Estate Vineyard - Yountville pH 3.67; T.A. 0.56; Alc. 14.3%; 100% Malolactic fermentationDescription:The Merlot was grown in our estate vineyard just south of Yountville, in the Oak Knoll AVA.. This region of the Napa Valley is ideal for bringing Merlot to full maturity, thus producing a full-bodied, rich, complex wine with a long lasting finish. The vines are oriented north/south so that they capture both morning and afternoon sun. Another unique characteristic of our Merlot is the hint of mint in the aroma and flavor that comes from Eucalyptus trees growing alongside the vines.Winemakers comments:The harvest of 2005 was quite unique in two related ways. The crop was heavier than normal thus causing the ripeness to be later than usual. This extended hang time added to the rich complexity and integrated flavors of this vintage. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels which complements the vineyards efforts.

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