Robert Storey Cellars Burgess Estate Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
By Kelly Woods of Burgess Cellars
One of the top customer requests for well over a year now is whether we will offer more Burgess Cabernet. Cabernets from Burgess Estate Cellars have been among our most popular and sell out very quickly. We are very proud of the partnership we have formed with Tom and Steve Burgess. They love the WTSO concept of getting their spectacular wines into the hands of the most sophisticated wine lovers. We have sold so many of their vintages including the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 vintages. And the feedback has been tremendous. The Robert Storey Cab from Burgess is available at less than half the normal price, making this wine a screaming bargain. We have put our purchasing power to work here in a big way. The Robert Storey selections are among the most coveted wines featuring the best of the best from great Napa and Sonoma Winemakers from the very best appellations and vineyards. This wine from Burgess Cellars and winemaker Kelly Woods joins Laird Family’s Judy Matulich-Weitz; Ridgeline Vineyard’s Mark Beringer; Stuhlmuller Vineyard’s Kerry Damskey and Leo Hansen; Bill Knuttel, from Chalk Hall and Saintsbury Fame; Winemaker Ty Caton; Dave Guffy, from the Hess Collection; Kyle Laird (“the Magician”); Amicus’ Reed Renaudin with his Truchard Vineyard selection; Scott Peterson from SP Drummer; internationally acclaimed winemaker Nick Goldschmidt and Rich Salvestrin from his namesake winery. When you’re visiting Napa Valley make plans to visit Burgess and tell them your friends at WTSO sent you there. Enjoy!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Robert Storey Cellars Napa Valley 2011 RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon by Burgess Cellars
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.80%
This wine has nice concentration and varietal character with generous and pleasant fruit. It is just released and young so it will benefit from some time in the bottle, but it’s also tasting mighty fine now. A dark purple hue with red garnet highlights. Perfumed aromas of plum, kirsch, cherries, and toasty vanilla oak. Nicely layered and textured with mainly dark red fruit including black cherries, dark raspberry and plum with notes of cassis, roses and vanilla oak. A silky mouth feel with pleasing tannins and a long flavorful finish. This wine is drinking nicely now and will continue to drink quite nicely for many more years to come. Pair with Steak Diane, Veal medallions with Chanterelle mushrooms, grilled veal chops or hearty chicken dishes. Best enjoyed now through 2020.
Robert Storey Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Vineyard: Burgess Estate Vineyards
Variety: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 3% Malbec
TA: 5.9 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/L
The 2011 Robert Storey Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a combination of our hillside estate vineyard on Howell Mountain and our valley floor vineyard in the Oak Knoll District, south of Yountville. Our mountain vineyard has a dramatic slope and its elevation affords commanding views of the upper Napa Valley. Our Triere Vineyard, in the cool-climate Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, produces highly aromatic, richly flavored wines. In 2011, our efforts to keep yields low and to expose the maturing fruit to natural sunlight were rewarded with pristine grapes that astonished us at the winery. The grapes developed complex flavors and gentle, refined tannins at lower-than-normal sugar levels, resulting in wines with balanced acidity and lower alcohol. The 2011 Robert Storey Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is marked by richness from the Triere Vineyard fruit with greater complexity and structure from the addition of the mountain vineyard components. This wine has beautiful aromas of blackberry and currants, with hints of dried violets and cocoa powder. Cherry and sweet vanilla flavors compliment the soft, silky tannins, and rich mouthfeel. Enjoy 2013-2023.
[Information provided by J.N.]
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. Tom Burgess and longtime winemaker Bill Sorenson follow 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 microclimate. 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. We have consistency and are able to maintain style every year because of this dedicated concept of only growing our grape varietals where they grow best.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.