2012 Burgess "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1241322 93 points Vinous

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Burgess hits the palate with an exotic concoction of dark fruit, pencil shavings, spices, tobacco, cedar, savory herbs, licorice and lavender. Dark and imposing, the 2012 possesses superb richness, with plenty of Howell Mountain character and intensity. The silkiness of the vintage has softened some of the contours, but this remains a distinctly savory and mineral-inflected Cabernet with tons of hillside character. Today, the 2012 comes across as tightly wound and in need of further cellaring, so readers should not be in any rush to open bottles. This distinctly old-school leaning Cabernet will also thrill readers seeking value, as it delivers superb quality and personality for the money. The Burgess family has made distinctive Cabernets from their estate vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain since the early 1970s. I have not tasted these wines in a few years, but found quite a bit to like in the 2012. (AG)  (10/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* From a high perch on Howell Mountain, this producer has blended 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Petit Verdot-making for a darkly colored, robust wine. Thick, chalky tannins envelop plum, cassis and dark chocolate. Drink now through 2020. (VB)  (3/2016)

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 The espresso roast scent of oak comes together with the jammy, ripe sweetness of fruit in this cabernet. Burgess farms cabernet at three sites-on east and west-facing slopes of Howell Mountain, and at the base of Mount Veeder in Oak Knoll. This is a simple wine that shows some restraint in the midst of its super ripe, peach-plum marmalade flavors.  (6/2016)

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2016 | Send Email
Despite the big dense fruit, this Cab is remarkably light on its feet. The rich fruit is matched by a touch of tobacco and minerality that is reminiscent of good mountain fruit. With hints of spice and tea notes, and enough acid to keep it bright, this is a Cab well worth getting into.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2016 | Send Email
Long respected as a great “Classic” Cabernet Sauvignon Burgess Cellars has been making great wines since 1972. However recently they have sort of been lost in the hustle and bustle of Napa Valley. They just don’t have the same amount of money to throw into marketing, chasing after scores and social media as many of the newer Napa wineries do. Instead they have updated their label and continued to make the same tremendous Howell Mountain-based Cabernet that their reputation has been founded upon.
The 2012 Burgess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% Howell Mountain fruit and it shows. The nose is full of mint and camphor with forward notes of cherry cough drops and sweet black tea over more earthy tones of porcini mushrooms and scrub brush. Friendly and fleshy on entry this charms with its old-fashioned cedar, black currant, olive, cigar box flavors but firms up and shows the hallmark structure of Howell Mountain. The thing I liked the most about this wine is that is it an antithesis to the dominant style of Napa wines currently. It is dry with no residual sugar or glycerin, it actually has lifting acid and feels alive on the palate rather than flat and heavy and it is more about structure than big, obtuse, bombastic flavors. If you like the classics (like Montelena, Monte Bello, Heitz, Mount Eden, Dunn) this is something you should certainly check out.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2016 | Send Email
Classic Howell Mtn Cab. A dark heart of graphite infused briary forest fruits. Big, deep and refined all at once. This is exceptional value given the site and pedigree.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2016 | Send Email
Dense and dark fruited, this release from Burgess cellars has a long future ahead of it. Presently showing dark cherry, blackcurrant and some Howell Mountain minerality, this is the perfect bottle to accompany a juicy rib-eye.
Drink from 2016 to 2025

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2016 | Send Email
Even though the label says Napa Valley, it's clearly evident that the majority of this cab comes from Howell Mountain. The mountain fruit shows itself in the dark, concentrated brooding black fruit that takes center stage. Accompanying the intense black currants, plum and blackberry is a melange of dark chocolate, graphite, roasted coffee beans and savory spices. Perfect to drink now with a little decanting, this wine will also age beautifully for many years in your cellar.

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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