Burgess Cellars

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Burgess_Cellar_Door_040411.jpgTom Burgess arrived in Napa Valley in 1972 with a dream of opening a family winery. A pioneer at the time, Napa had mostly been left to wither after Prohibition in the 1920's and 30's. But Tom saw more in the land, so along with his family they transformed the abandoned land into the now thriving Burgess Cellars. Their vision is simple - produce unique handcrafted wines that complement food.

The French concept of terroir is at the heart of Burgess Cellars' winemaking process. Tom Burgess and longtime winemaker Bill Sorenson follow 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.

The grapes are grown in 3 different regions. The Cabernet grapes, which makes its flagship wine, grows on the western slopes of Howell Mountain, where the winery is located. Triere Vineyards, in the Oak Knoll district, is home to the award-winning Merlot grapes. And on the eastern side of Howell Mountain, the Syrah grapes are thriving.

About Winemaker Bill Sorenson
Bill Sorenson has been the Burgess Cellars winemaker since 1972. While studying at Fresno State University, Bill's interest in wine was piqued and he went on to get his degree in Oenology. Shortly after Bill met Tom Burgess and together they revitalized the Burgess facility and replanted the vineyards. Bill's commitment to quality, age-able wines is the reason for the consistently distinctive wines produced by Burgess Cellars.

Burgess Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
1998; Napa Valley, California

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