ruby, mild cassis aroma, balance earth and oak, muted red fruit flavor... still needs airtime: 88 first hour, 89 second hour, 90 third hour... a nice classic cab, but only a fair value, not worth seeking
One of their Library Releases. Popped and poured; synthetic cork (Supreme Cork??). Loads of beautiful dark fruit right out of the gate but the initial intensity wore off within the first ten minutes. While it didn't subside completely, it became very clear to me that this bottle was ready to drink. All of the tannins were soft as a goose down pillow and there are secondary characteristics showing: leather and decaying fruit. Nothing bad here but again, it's not going to "improve". If I had more, I would drink in the near term.
Fleshy black fruit greets you and leads you to a mineral bath, followed by mild but firm tannins. Paired with filet mignon and potatoes, the wine was a perfect compliment. Last bottle. Hoping WTSO will offer some soon
Burgess is one of my favorite wineries, I appreciate the fact that they release library selections that have been stored at the winery for later release. The 2005 may not be the best of their vintages but it is still a very pleasing wine. Earthy on the nose , dusty and dry on the tongue, but a wonderful leathery finish with dissolved tannins.
Drinking well now but should age well for several more years. If you told me to describe a Napa cab, this wine would nail my description. Red currant, a bit of earth, medium-bodied with medium acid & tannins. Well made and a good value.
Much better than I expected. I bought this on the strength of the '05 vintage. It lived up to the hype and then some, especially considering I paid $19 for it. If you can find it, buy it and drink it!! You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!!
Drinking very good right now. Almost a hint of bricking around the rim. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla on the nose and very soft palate entry. Not sure how this bottle was stored as I just picked it up at a local wine shop who got it from a private individual but it far exceeded it's $30 price tag in my opinion. Plan on seeing if he has any bottles left tomorrow!
This was good. I must admit I had a 2002 Lewelling Cabernet that was "Outstanding", so may taste was a bit biased. But the Burgess was good, nice nose, body, and finish. Honestly I feel this wine is a bit on the young side and may benefit from a couple of years in the cellar.
Friend brought this bottle. Served with leg of lamb and two other bottles of wine. Found it still young and very tannic. Tastes of oak and cherry but there is a feeling if one decants long enough it will get better. After 6 hours it still had not sat long enough to change. I would hold for two years and try again if I had another bottle.
have had two with similar impressions on both. after getting past the synthetic cork, which somehow just doesn't feel right here especially for a howell cab, the nose is outstanding. the smell and bones seem like a great representation of the area, which i am a big fan of -- especially if you can grab this in the low $20s (if you get on a discount). i'm hoping that it is just a bit too young at this point as the front of the taste is a bit tannic/astringent but improves with time. i plan on waiting on the rest of what i have and am thinking this will develop well from here. rating based on potential combined with price to quality ratio. but still think it is high 80s even now.
A nose of dark fruit and tobacco, dark purple in color. A full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet, with black currants, tobacco, herbs, and chocolate on finish, a solid effort from a winery with a long history.
Popped and poured. Beautiful garnet color and quite a bit sediment; okay by me. Really nice drinking at this stage and this bottle was unanimously enjoyed by the family over our steak dinner. Nice balance of fruit and earth. All that being said, nothing unique particularly stands out. I've got a few bottles left and I plan to enjoy them in the near term.
The previous bottle must have been off, as this one is much better. Dark fruit, with medium cocentration, some tobacco, and charcoal like tannins. Good balance of fruit and acidity. Maybe a touch simple, but could get better.
Decanted. At first, had what I can only describe as a heavy lacquer of oak and alcohol. This subsided with some time, but never completely went away. There was some decent fruit underneath, but not much acidity. Just based on this bottle I'd have to guess that this wine was all surface and no structure at first, and consequently hasn't aged well. Based on other reviews, maybe this was just bottle variation. I have one more bottle, so I'll see if that one is better.
Very nice almost old world Bordeaux style with medium weight, this has a load of licorice, tobacco, cocoa powder, and maybe tar on both nose and palate. Decanted and drank over the course of an hour with slight improvement, my guess is that this is peaking now or within 1-2 yrs at most. This went well with grilled sirloin and garlic mashed potatoes.
Decanted w Venturi & put back in the bottle for six hours. Surprised by how nicely this was drinking. Big nose, showing red fruit and roasted meat, complimented big flavor profile of rasberry & other red fruit. Tannins were nicely integrated, I'm looking forward to seeing how this evolves...