2001 Burgess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $40)

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89 points Wine Enthusiast: “This is a good example of a well-crafted Napa Cab from a great vintage. It’s rich and fruity in black currant, sweet herb and spice flavors, with a good but understated application of oak. Feels sturdy and clean in the mouth, fully dry, with a long finish.” (7/1/2005) 88 points Wine Spectator: “This wine delivers a solid core of rich, intense blackberry and currant flavors that are framed by chewy tannins and cedary oak, all well-proportioned and showing the kind of focus and balance you hope for in a young wine. Best from 2006 through 2012.” (11/04) 1 Puff Connoissuers’ Guide to California Wine: “Favoring ripe black cherries for its focus and picking up notes of dried plums and hints of dried fig along the way, the wine also carries an unmistakable note of smokiness in its aromatic mix. It is fairly rounded and supple on the palate but is a bit tight towards the back even if not overly tannic in composition.”

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2010 | Send Email
Okay this is a no-brainer. This wine is fantastic and unbelievably only $29.99. I drank some over the Christmas weekend and came back and bought a bunch more. I really liked the wines from 2001 for the structure they showed and this wine is aging beautifully. The nose is beautiful blackberry and cedar and spice. The mouth feel is round now but still showing acidity and some astringency on the finish. The black fruit carries through on the palate along with some dried fruit, cedar, spice. The finish is long showing all the fruit and spice. Buy this up or I will.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3