The fabulous wines we featured:
1997 Vintage Selection, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- 90 points, Wine Spectator
- 90 points, Wine & Spirits
Tasting Notes: The wine is showy, fresh, and deep because of mature fruit and soft tannins. A foodfriendly house style offers slightly higher acid than many, and of course our hillside vineyards are different too. As a result, this wine is still showing well, with a dark ruby color and without any advanced aging signs.
1999 Vintage Selection, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- 95 points, Wine Spectator
- 94 points, .Cellar Selection,. Wine Enthusiast
- 94 points, Stephen Tanzer.s International Wine Cellar
Tasting Notes: Pretty, brilliant, ruby color. Subtle nose with cherry, spice and herbs. Smooth, long flavors of licorice, cherry, blackberry and plum with soft, mellow tannins. Long, clean, bright finish.
What gave us an edge is our hillside vineyards,” said Bill Sorenson, who has been making wine at Burgess Cellars in St. Helena since 1972. At 800 to 1,000 feet, the vineyards are 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the valley floor and we had all our fruit picked by the end of September before the October rains.