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Napa Valley Merlot 2008

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About This Wine: The 2008 Merlot, like our previous vintages, demonstrates a unique intense varietal personality along with a richness associated with the vintage. The most common flavor characteristics of Merlot, blueberries and black cherries, are stunning with a hint of mint. The 2008 is 100% Merlot from our Triere Estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District just south of Yountville. This region of Napa Valley is ideal for bringing Merlot to full maturity, with vines that are oriented north to south so that they capture both morning and afternoon sun, producing a full-bodied, rich, complex wine with a long lasting finish.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Winemaker Notes:</strong> The reduced crop due to frost resulted in a wine which shows the varietal aromas and flavors in a very noticeable way. The finish is extensive and has the complete effect of the French oak barrel aging. This Merlot is a serious wine to complement foods and provide a refreshing sensation on the palate.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Burgess Cellars, located on the slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, focuses on creating exceptional, hand-crafted estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Syrah.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vintage:</strong> 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Napa Valley, California<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Locations:</strong> Burgess Estate Triere Vineyard, Yountville<br/><br/> <strong>Grape Variety:</strong> 100% Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.7<br/><br/> <strong>T.A.:</strong> 0.60<br/><br/> <strong>Process:</strong> 100% Malolactic Fermentation<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Notes:</strong> A reduced crop because of spring frost.<br/><br/> <strong>Release date:</strong> January 2012<br/><br/>

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Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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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

About This Wine: The 2008 Merlot, like our previous vintages, demonstrates a unique intense varietal personality along with a richness associated with the vintage. The most common flavor characteristics of Merlot, blueberries and black cherries, are stunning with a hint of mint. The 2008 is 100% Merlot from our Triere Estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District just south of Yountville. This region of Napa Valley is ideal for bringing Merlot to full maturity, with vines that are oriented north to south so that they capture both morning and afternoon sun, producing a full-bodied, rich, complex wine with a long lasting finish.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Winemaker Notes:</strong> The reduced crop due to frost resulted in a wine which shows the varietal aromas and flavors in a very noticeable way. The finish is extensive and has the complete effect of the French oak barrel aging. This Merlot is a serious wine to complement foods and provide a refreshing sensation on the palate.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Burgess Cellars, located on the slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, focuses on creating exceptional, hand-crafted estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Syrah.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vintage:</strong> 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Napa Valley, California<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Locations:</strong> Burgess Estate Triere Vineyard, Yountville<br/><br/> <strong>Grape Variety:</strong> 100% Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.7<br/><br/> <strong>T.A.:</strong> 0.60<br/><br/> <strong>Process:</strong> 100% Malolactic Fermentation<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Notes:</strong> A reduced crop because of spring frost.<br/><br/> <strong>Release date:</strong> January 2012<br/><br/>

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