Burgess Cellars "Contadina" Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Napa Valley, California) - [WE 92] [JS 92] [WS 91] [WA 90]

Burgess Cellars "Contadina" Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
(Napa Valley, California) - [WE 92] [JS 92] [WS 91] [WA 90]

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About this winery:
Burgess Cellars has been family owned and creating wines with mountain distinction since 1972 on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. When founder Tom Burgess purchased the 1870’s era winery in 1972, he established himself as a pioneer of mountain side wineries. Today, the second generation is building on Tom’s legacy. Brothers Steven Burgess and James Burgess took over as President and Vineyard Manager respectively. In 2013, Winemaker Kelly Woods, a UC Davis graduate, completed the new team, and together the trio has fined-tuned the vineyards and cellar to highlight mountain grapes.

The new direction of the estate is taking Burgess Cellars to the pinnacle of Napa Valley wine quality. At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, Burgess produces wines from two estate hillside vineyards, Winery Ranch Vineyard and Haymaker Vineyard. Their hillside grapes tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and tannins, varietal intensity and excellent aging properties.

About this wine:

A dense and concentrated cabernet with aromas and flavors of confectionary blackberry and stewed cassis. The lush fruit is brought into balance by high tone herbal aromatics of mint, sage, and sweet tobacco. The distinctively thick-skinned Cabernet grapes provide a long velvety finish.

Ratings & Reviews:

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Rich and velvety like devil's food cake, this deep, delicious and full-bodied wine tastes like chocolate, cloves and cinnamon and feels plush in texture. Soft tannins and superripe black cherries and blueberries make it easy to enjoy." - Jim Gordon (December 2022)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"This offers ripe blackberries and cassis, baking spices and some earthiness, too. Full-bodied with juicy tannins, deep fruit and a long finish that shows a touch of mint. Firm at the end. Try in 2023." (December 2021)

91 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This gives off sanguine and sandalwood hints as the core of gentle-edged black cherry and plum fruit flavors opens slowly. As it does, flashes of tobacco and singed cedar notes blossom through the finish, ending with a tug of warm humus. An old school wine that should reward further cellaring. Drink now through 2032. 8,000 cases made." - James Molesworth (November 2021)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Contadina is a blend of purchased fruit from near Ink Grade and Oak Knoll. It's 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with bits of Petit Verdot and Malbec, aged in just 15% new French oak, with the rest in older wood. There's a hint of bell pepper, a gentle herbaceousness that's entwined among the bright cherries, then it runs deeper into notes of cassis and chocolate. This medium to full-bodied effort is ripe but not overdone, velvety but easy to drink; enjoy it now and over the next decade." - Joe Czerwinski (May 2022)