Burgess Merlot Napa Valley 2006
External Reviews for Burgess Merlot Napa Valley
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.
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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.
Aged 14 months in American Oak.
Aged 14 months in French Oak.
|Alcohol: 14.4%||pH: 3.72|
|Total Acidity: .66 grams per liter|
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