Burgess Syrah Napa Valley 2003

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Syrah – Napa Valley Connoisseurs' Guide: One Puff:"6% Mourvedre. On the plus side of its ledger, this wine counts goo...

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The brilliant wine is a gorgeous black-ruby color showing off its hue around the edges. The pure, vibrant aromas are of blackberries, blueberries, ... Read more

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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

The brilliant wine is a gorgeous black-ruby color showing off its hue around the edges. The pure, vibrant aromas are of blackberries, blueberries, allspice, and sweet flowers, including a hint of gardenia. A backbone of vibrant acidity gives this


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Syrah – Napa Valley Connoisseurs' Guide: One Puff:"6% Mourvedre. On the plus side of its ledger, this wine counts good weight, solid, well-ripened fruit and gleanings of peppery spice, and even if not among the richer or more dramatic wines of this issue, it hits the varietal mark smartly and has real table- wine structure." Vintage: 2003 Region: Napa Valley, California Grape Variety: 94% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre Vineyard location: Estate Vineyard on Eastern side of Howell Mountain above Pope Valley Winemaking data: 100% malolactic; Alcohol 13.8% Bottle size: 750ml Description:2003 was a harvest where aggressive actions yielded us a wonderful harvest. There was a tremendous heat wave during harvest, and to bring the fruit in as it matured required bring on extra picking crews to work full days. If it were not for that, we could have had compromised our wine. We carefully fermented the wine, using a good amount of aeration during the primary fermentation to assist the yeast. 18 months of barrel aging took place in 50/50 American and French Oak, 25% of which were new. The low ratio of new oak is to preserve the beauty of the grape. Tasting notes:The brilliant wine is a gorgeous black- ruby color showing off its hue around the edges. The pure, vibrant aromas are of blackberries, blueberries, allspice, and sweet flowers, including a hint of gardenia. A backbone of vibrant acidity gives this wine a refreshing palate, much like biting into a crisp, ripe plum. Chefs will love how this wine interacts with food because of its balance, complexity, and richness. This wine will complement various foods from grilled vegetables and meats to beet salads with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts to hummus and baba ganoush. As a first course wine, it handles higher acid foods with ease and leaves the palate cleansed.

Syrah – Napa Valley Connoisseurs' Guide: One Puff:"6% Mourvedre. On the plus side of its ledger, this wine counts good weight, solid, well-ripened fruit and gleanings of peppery spice, and even if not among the richer or more dramatic wines of this issue, it hits the varietal mark smartly and has real table- wine structure." Vintage: 2003 Region: Napa Valley, California Grape Variety: 94% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre Vineyard location: Estate Vineyard on Eastern side of Howell Mountain above Pope Valley Winemaking data: 100% malolactic; Alcohol 13.8% Bottle size: 750ml Description:2003 was a harvest where aggressive actions yielded us a wonderful harvest. There was a tremendous heat wave during harvest, and to bring the fruit in as it matured required bring on extra picking crews to work full days. If it were not for that, we could have had compromised our wine. We carefully fermented the wine, using a good amount of aeration during the primary fermentation to assist the yeast. 18 months of barrel aging took place in 50/50 American and French Oak, 25% of which were new. The low ratio of new oak is to preserve the beauty of the grape. Tasting notes:The brilliant wine is a gorgeous black- ruby color showing off its hue around the edges. The pure, vibrant aromas are of blackberries, blueberries, allspice, and sweet flowers, including a hint of gardenia. A backbone of vibrant acidity gives this wine a refreshing palate, much like biting into a crisp, ripe plum. Chefs will love how this wine interacts with food because of its balance, complexity, and richness. This wine will complement various foods from grilled vegetables and meats to beet salads with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts to hummus and baba ganoush. As a first course wine, it handles higher acid foods with ease and leaves the palate cleansed.

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