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1996 Burgess Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Library Release Napa Valley (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Burgess Cellars   details
Appellation: Napa Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Mature
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$23.00
Alcohol %: 13
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rated (1997 vintage, 750ml bottle) : April 13, 2010 , Johnathan Newman
92 points "This is a wine I know very well having first sampled four vertical Burgess Cabernets almost seven years ago, and this vintage is widely considered to be one of the most coveted by collectors. This vintage was widely considered to be the best of the 90s decade, as most wine critics gave the overall vintage a 96 rating. It will certainly be fun for collectors who have the three great vintages of 95, 96 and 97 to be able to do a vertical tasting and compare these vintages. Please keep in mind when using a corkscrew with older vintages that it is best to use an Ah So corkscrew or a corkscrew in which the auger is long enough to reach down the full length of the cork. The Burgess Cellars Cabernet Library Selection concept is that they would set aside a small amount of their original vintage and re-release it at least 10 years after its initial distribution so American consumers could enjoy their top wines with nice bottle age. Few wineries have adopted this practice because of the cost of cellaring wine for over a decade. It is also extremely rare to find prime Napa cabernets from the famous 1997 vintage still available that were kept at the winery under ideal temperature control conditions as featured in the December 11, 2009 NY Times. These vintage selections were also intended to sell at a premium to their original release prices but given economic conditions, this is a very rare opportunity to enjoy this kind of wine at attractive pricing which gives it an attractive Quality-Price Ratio (“QPR”) . And this wine is a beauty with 13% alcohol that has softened with age to create a lush mouth feel that shows off its beautiful pedigree and also exhibits layers of complexity from the well regarded 1997 vintage. Kept in perfect temperature control at the Cellars, it shows that good Napa wines age gracefully and that bottle age can bring a very unique and pleasant experience that cannot be captured by typical current vintages on store shelves as you can miss the beauty and mystique of fine wine aging. The wine still has a nice dark ruby color with beautiful aromatics of both red and black fruits. Of the three 95-97 vintages, this is still the tightest and you will find that it needs almost a half hour to really open up. This is a wine that really evolves in the glass. The tannins are soft and round with good acidity but the fruit is still vibrant and drinking nice now and should be the perfect complement to a meal. On the palate, black cherry, chocolate mocha, herbs and blackberry spice with the French oak extremely well integrated. Enjoy this wine now and for several more years. It will pair nicely with a wide variety of foods including lean steaks, lamb loin, London broil, pork chops, and Portobello mushrooms." Best 2008-2012
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