2010 Napa Valley Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot •Estate Vineyards
California: Napa Valley
You're turning violet, Violet!
Today’s Burgess Cellars 2010 Napa Valley Petit Verdot is a limited production gem from one of our favorite wineries. Be sure to prepare yourself for this one: you will be astounded with this wine!
This wine is incredibly elegant, full of dark cherry, sweet tobacco leaf, and hints of lavender. What truly amazed us was its level of refinement. The finish is incredibly smooth and well balanced, which isn’t what usually comes to mind with this varietal.
Burgess Cellars only made 40 cases of today’s stunner, and our Agent Red managed to get his hands on most of them. This wine will sell out, so be sure to act fast!
Inky, foreboding dark scarlet at the heart of the glass, with only a glint of a lighter edge.
Aromatic fresh fruit notes of raspberry, boysenberry, and blueberry lead the way on this delightful wine. Exotic elements of cardamom and subtle Indian spices are quickly trailed by notes of herbal black tea and subtle fresh floral hints of lilac.
Very well balanced on the palate, with dark cherry, blackberry, and red currant laid overtop subtle sweet tobacco leaf, lavender, dark chocolate, espresso bean, and a touch of subtle oak spice.
Refined and very elegant in the glass, the finish is nicely balanced with soft tannins and a hint of acid, making this wine a perfect pairing for a variety of foods.
We paired ours with a Greek herb-rubbed roast leg of lamb.
What the Winery Says
We only bottled 40 cases of this wine, our first Petit Verdot harvest from our vineyard on the east side of Howell Mountain. The vines were only 2 ½ years old at harvest! This is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse of this wine.
This wine has rich, intense, inky-black color. The initial aromas are of blackberry and cherry mixed with beautiful oak spice. This wine opens up into a gorgeous, complexly aromatic wine with hints of sarsaparilla, pink peppercorn, red currants, and black tea leaf, with flavors of dark chocolate on the finish. The palate is nicely balanced with soft tannins and a hint of acid, perfect for pairing with a variety of foods.
- Bill Sorenson
- Napa Valley, California
- Estate Vineyards
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Petit Verdot
About the Winery
When Tom purchased the 1870’s era winery in 1972 he established himself as a pioneer of mountainside wineries. At the time, there were only approximately 2 dozen wineries in operation in the whole of Napa Valley and he saw the potential of mountain vineyards to produce wines that evoke the French concept of terroir: that the grapes, and thus wines, should reflect the vineyard’s soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.
Currently we grow eight varieties at our three vineyards with the best site-specific methods, which allows us to produce consistency in the style of wines we produce.
Winemaker Kelly Woods
Brought up in the pastoral community of Santa Maria on California’s Central Coast, Kelly Woods chose to build upon her agricultural roots and follow a career in viticulture through the world famous UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology.
Kelly’s winemaking career has seen her at Seavey, Bryant Family, and Sequoia Grove wineries in the Napa Valley as well as further afield in New Zealand. She manages all aspects of winemaking - be it in the cellar, lab, or out in the field. Kelly’s strong sensory skills and broad knowledge of wine styles have brought Burgess an enhanced focus on objective and precision in our wine-making.