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This Week's THURSDAY Tasting

Steve Burgess, owner Burgess Cellars, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
September 7, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Steve Burgess, the second generation of his family to run their eponymous Howell Mountain estate.

Howell Mountain

Burgess was established in 1972 in the second wave of pioneering wine cellars in Napa Valley. They are noted for their robustly styled mountain Cabernets.  We will taste five wines with Steve. 
           Their Chardonnay grapes come from a from the fine Burnside Road Vineyard in Sonoma’s cooler climate Russian River. It is always a limited release; in 2015 Burgess made only 436 cases .
           They are best known for their Cabernets. In the past the Howell Mountain Estate has been one of our most popular cabernets. The 2013 has received an ecstatic review (below). We think it will be great value at our reduced price offer.
           We have not yet tasted the 2012 Reserve, but think it will likely be great in that warm vintage.
           Burgess has long made Syrah, which has been under exposed in the market. Their 2012 is a bargain at its price.
           We will be the first to taste their 2013 Mountaineer, new reserve cuvee which combines the burgess strengths in Cabernet and syrah (with a dollop of Petit Verdit for spice. It too has been very well received in the press.
           We will have special pricing for the event which we will honor through next week.


Burgess Cellars

2015 Chardonnay Burnside Road Vineyard, Russian River Burgess notes "Lemon-lime, pineapple, mango, key-lime pie with yummy crust. Full flavored and impeccably, elegantly, balanced amounts of fruit, wood, and acidity. Dry, but very fruity finish." Reg $48, SPECIAL $39, mixed case $35.10, Case $33.15

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Wine Advocate "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (at a very fair price, by the way) has beautiful blackcurrant fruit, blackberry, underlying earth and spice, medium to full body, a long finish and sweet, moderate tannin. A rather classic example of Napa viticulture and still available at a shockingly realistic price. This beautiful wine is young, but reflects the greatness of 2013, and should promise to improve and evolve for another 15-20 years." Reg $59, SPECIAL $47, mixed case $42.30, Case $39.95
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Reg $139, SPECIAL $110, mixed case $99, Case $93.50

2012 Syrah Napa "Full bodied, this estate-made, 100% varietal wine is sinewy and dense, a combination of ripe, luscious blackberry and blueberry, akin to a compote, seasoned in lavender and black licorice. Weighty, it'll pair well with wintertime meals, finishing with a suggestion of vanilla bean." Reg $32, SPECIAL $26, mixed case $23.44, Case $22.10

2013 Mountaineer Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Petit Verdot Wine Spectator "Rich, powerful and well-built, with floral blueberry and fruitcake spice aromas, and complex flavors of currant, smoky cracked pepper and black olive. Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2029. 794 cases made." Reg $139, SPECIAL $110, mixed case $99, Case $93.50


Special Burgess Case - 3 each Chardonnay and Syrah, 4 Estate Cabernet, 1 each Cabernet Reserve and Mountaineer $515

The Burgess Five; One each of the wines, discounted $299


           - Len Rothenberg


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