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Burgess Merlot Napa Valley 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes are fermented using modern fermenting techniques to extract the most positive flavors and aromas while maintaining the balance of tannins. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels which complements the vineyard’s 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

External Reviews for Burgess Merlot Napa Valley

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Compared to the Beringer wine above, which sat next to this one in our blind tasting, this is a very different 85-pointer. This wine, reflective of the Burgess style, is far more structured and thus has less immediacy, but it is every bit as useful in its own way. Rather than being served casually, it needs to be paired with chunky red meats like butterflied leg of lamb, or better yet, left in the cellar for a few years to soften.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.



Tasting Notes:

The 2006 Merlot, dubbed the "Cab-lover's Merlot", parallels Burgess' long history of award winning merlots, but with an even more chocolaty finish. The most common flavor characteristics of merlot, namely blueberries and black cherries, join the slightly darker side here with a hint of mint and a superbly balanced acid structure.

The grapes are fermented using modern fermenting techniques to extract the most positive flavors and aromas while maintaining the balance of tannins. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels which complements the vineyard’s efforts.

7000 produced.

Closure: Synthetic

Aged 14 months in American Oak.

Aged 14 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.4% pH: 3.72
Total Acidity: .66 grams per liter

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