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
Tom Burgess arrived in the Napa Valley in 1972 when the landscape was vastly different. At that time there were only about two dozen wineries in operation. Napa was by no means the center of California wine it is today. Tom sensed a great potential in the wild and rural land and chose it to pursue his dream of opening a family winery. He was a pioneer because prohibition (1920-1933) had destroyed the Napa wine business and America’s food and wine culture. Tom bought a small mountain-side winery which had been homesteaded in the 1870’s. With many trips to the hardware store and much labor of love the family transformed it into Burgess Cellars. Since 1972 the Burgess Family has worked to realize their vision – to create the very best estate grown grapes and produce unique handcrafted wines that are true complements to the food and wine concept that Tom fell in love with in the 60’s while in Europe.
The French concept of terroir is at the heart of Burgess Cellars’ winemaking process.The Burgess Family follows the belief that in order to produce quality wine, the varietals planted must match the vineyard’s soil composition, sun and wind exposure, and overall micro-climate.
Burgess Cellars produces wines out of three distinct vineyard sites. Our flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, thrives on the western slopes of Howell Mountain at the winery location. On the valley floor, in the Oak Knoll District, sits Triere® Vineyard, which produces our award-winning Merlot. Our Syrah comes out of the vineyard which is located on the eastern side of Howell Mountain off Ink Grade Road. Currently, we grow eight varieties at our three vineyards with the best site-specific methods. Our consistency and ability to maintain style every year is due to this dedicated concept of only growing our grape varietals where they grow best.