2013 Burgess Mountaineer Howell Mountain,
794 six pack cases made
We enjoyed a long lunch meeting with Reggie Evans. He manages the Crawford Malone Portofolio which is filled with old school, prize winning California wineries; those which have resisted the temptation of mass production. Burgess Cellars is one such winery. I have reccommended, sold, personally collected and very definitely enjoyed Burgess wines since waiting tables in college and throughout my time in the restaraunt and wine industry. These are wines which helped me understand wine. Many a collectors' cellar which we have have brokered has included Burgess Cabs and Merlots, so we have tasted them as old as 1985, as recently as in the past couple of years. They never dissapoint. When Reggie told me that we would be tasting the 2013 Burgess Mountaineer (HOWELL MOUNTAIN Napa )I was excited, there is not much available , and it is a "buzz in the Somm community". Michele and I prepared a lot of food for the lineup
( 6 very handcrafted Cali's which we will be researching and offering ). We wanted to taste the Mountaineer with EVERYTHING, from goat cheese to cheddar, pork loin to smoked sirloin -so we did!
Our Notes: This wine dances. The initial flavors are blackberry but it dances to blueberry then does a raspberry twist and then back to blueberry, long and spicy. This is mountain fruit and it is bright. The vineyard is laden with volcanic ash, this wine is very deep and vey complex. Violets bloom in the nose, hints of black pepper enhance the finish. There is exotic Tea and smoke. Layers upon layers developed until two hours later Reggie pried what little was left out of my clutching paws with a desperate plea " I have to save a glass for Abacus". Both Michele and I noted a softness like great Merlot and power like great Bordeaux.
The lowest price we could find in the country is the winery at $120.00. Average is $ 127.00 nationally $99.95 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12+. The below Spectator Review was just released. 42 bottles in the state. The Best, Rex and Michele
Wine Spectator review included (92 points-we think it will elevate to 97 as time goes on!).
The proof is always in the glass!