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Burgess Syrah Napa Valley 2004

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Syrah – Napa Valley Vintage: 2004 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:2004 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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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

Editorial Reviews for Burgess Syrah Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
01/22/2009

Floral and meaty with peppercorn, green peppercorn, light sweet wood tones, and a slightly licorice tinged, candied blackberry note. Really nice syrah fruit notes. Big and round and with soft tannins and fine bright acids, a bit of coffee foam on the midpalate but this built on a pure core of dark candied plum and blackberry fruit. Well balanced with some vanilla and dirt adding a touch of complexity. Finishes long and clean with jolly rancher cherry and green apple notes and lingering sapid acidity. Fun, zesty and delicious. 90pts

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Snooth User: Agent Red
27951206
4.50 5
07/09/2008

From www.thewinespies.com: Mission Codename: The Eastern Slopes Operative: Agent Red Objective: React to the flood of reports that Burgess Vineyard has a standout Napa Valley Syrah. If valid, secure an ample supply for our Operatives Mission Status: Accomplished! Current Winery: Burgess Vineyard Wine Subject: 2004 Syrah Winemaker: Bill Sorenson Backgrounder: Last month we featured another superb wine from Burgess. It turned out to be our fastest selling wine ever. Taste any Burgess wine and you’ll see why. Their secret? The winery says that 30 years of winemaking experience, on their own land, tending their own fruit, has allowed them ample time to perfect their wines. Drink any of their wines and you will enjoy this perfection for yourself. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes below, followed by a retelling of his original mission report, in which he first becomes acquainted with Burgess. Wine Spies Tasting Profile: Look – Deep garnet to burgundy great clarity through its deep, dark heart. The wine also has a pronounced spring to its surface and it leaves behind slow-moving legs that crawl slowly down the glass Smell – Beautifully aromatic with a rick blueberry, blackberry, black currant, dusky earth, acacia and a hint of real gardenia and smoky meats Feel – Supple and wet and big, mouth-coating with great soft to medium all-over-mouth tannins Taste – Delicious layers of flavors, including dark mixed berry, black cherry, black fig and dark plum with subtle dusted bakers chocolate Finish – Hugely Juicy and rich, mouth-coating, delicious and supple, with soft tannins and flavors that go on and on forever Conclusion – Is this the perfect Syrah? We Wine Spies certainly love it! What you get in this wine is a brilliant balance of dusky, earthen, old-world aromatics and flavors, with bright and juicy new-world Napa Valley fruit. This is a deeply flavorful, delicious and richly layered wine that drinks beautifully on its own, but also pairs perfectly with most any foods.


4.00 5
01/22/2009

Powdered sugar deep fruit nose, very warm and inviting, with a layer of crushed flowers on top. Palate is quite smooth and texture is almost creamy, an undercurrent of tannic roughness on the finish. A bit of licorice disappears quickly.

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Snooth User: bunchie
122941151
4.00 5
02/11/2009

Four glasses


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe grapes for the Syrah were picked at optimum maturity and rotary fermented to achieve the best extraction possible. Rotary fermentation allows Burgess to maintain a proper tannin level, while also keeping a wine with a full, rich body. The wine was aged in 1/3 French oak and 2/3 American oak. The oak levels were adjusted to allow the classic blackberry fruit flavors in the wine to come forward. This wine is wonderful with any cheese, light hors doeuvres and grilled meat and vegetable dishes.



Syrah – Napa Valley Vintage: 2004 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:2004 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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