2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon • Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Above it all
The 2008 Burgess Celllars Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was a big hit with our tasting panel! This wine is, hands down, the best 2008 Napa Cabernet we have tasted. While this wine is certainly youthful, it is ready to drink – right now. And, this wine is certain to keep improving for at least the next decade. Bold, flavorful, texture and deeply aromatic, this wine embodies everything that we have come to expect from higher-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Why the low price? Simple: it is because the Burgess Family purchased their estate, where their vineyards reside, back in the 1970s – when the cost of land was much lower. Burgess has always priced their wines accordingly. Decant to bring out the more subtle qualities of the fruit, and pair with a grilled steak or a juicy Prime Rib.
Striking iridescent Burgundy hues at the edge of the wine, color darkens toward the core. After swirling the wine, tall legs take a long time to emerge, before running slowly down the wall of the glass.
A bold rush of candied blackberry and black cherry rush to greet the nose. As the wine breathes, red currant, dark strawberry, and dark plum mingle with spice, dried tobacco leaf, sweetwood, black tea and toasted oak.
Black cherry, backberry and cassis provide a condensed, fruit-first experience, with flavors that then yield to spice, star anise, black pepper, leather, tobacco and a hint of cocoa powder.
Long, flavorful and with fruit that is beautifully framed by plush tannins and bright acids. As fruit slowly dwindles, spice and earthen components leave behind a chewy feeling and a gradually spreading dryness.
What the Winery Says
The Burgess Cellars’ hillside vineyards are on the steep slopes of Howell Mountain. The various exposures result in grapes that complement one another and build a complex, delicious wine. Soils range from volcanic ash to rocky marine sediments, this, combined with mature vines and skilled wine making give us a complex and elegant wine. The wine shows off dense Cabernet Sauvignon character accented with vanilla, balancing spices and toasty oak from traditional barrel aging.
Vineyard & Winemaker Notes: This vintage was reduced because of a frosty spring. Our mountain vineyards are normally void of this problem; however there was some slight damage. The wine shows the concentration caused by frost and the flavors are quite rich with forward aromas. This 2008 Cabernet will complement all meats and like all of our Cabernets will continue to gain complexity with cellar aging.
Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Vineyard Locations: Burgess Estate Vineyards, Western & Eastern slopes of Howell Mountain
Grape Variety: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec
Process: 100% Malolactic Fermentation
Harvest Notes: A reduced crop because of spring frost.
Release date: January 2012
About the Winery
Tom Burgess arrived in the Napa Valley in 1972 when the landscape was vastly different. At that time there were only about two dozen wineries in operation. Napa was by no means the center of California wine it is today. Tom sensed a great potential in the wild and rural land and chose it to pursue his dream of opening a family winery. He was a pioneer because prohibition (1920-1933) had destroyed the Napa wine business and America’s food and wine culture. Tom bought a small mountain-side winery which had been homesteaded in the 1870’s. With many trips to the hardware store and much labor of love the family transformed it into Burgess Cellars. Since 1972 the Burgess Family has worked to realize their vision – to create the very best estate grown grapes and produce unique handcrafted wines that are true complements to the food and wine concept that Tom fell in love with in the 60’s while in Europe.
The French concept of terroir is at the heart of Burgess Cellars’ winemaking process.The Burgess Family follows the belief that in order to produce quality wine, the varietals planted must match the vineyard’s soil composition, sun and wind exposure, and overall micro-climate.
Burgess Cellars produces wines out of three distinct vineyard sites. Our flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, thrives on the western slopes of Howell Mountain at the winery location. On the valley floor, in the Oak Knoll District, sits Triere® Vineyard, which produces our award-winning Merlot. Our Syrah comes out of the vineyard which is located on the eastern side of Howell Mountain off Ink Grade Road. Currently, we grow eight varieties at our three vineyards with the best site-specific methods. Our consistency and ability to maintain style every year is due to this dedicated concept of only growing our grape varietals where they grow best.