Here we are again, at my fifth? (perhaps it's a good thing if I've lost count!) Cellar Saturday, and what special wine do I have to share? How about the 2000 Burgess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! I love a good Cabernet, and some of the most pleasant come from Napa Valley, so why not give this one a try?
The color in the glass is a deep, inky purple which transitions to a dark ruby along the edges. The nose just says, "Get ready, this is a great Cab coming your way!" There are lovely notes of leather, ripe berries, plum and a hint of anise. The taste us just absolutely everything you'd expect from a decade old Cabernet from Napa, lovely fruit at the outset, surrounded by a smokiness that just creates a carnival of the senses, notes of plum, black currant, all of which lead to an earthy, limestone quality midpalate. The finish is wonderful, as the tannins are still vibrant despite the 12 years of age, and the flavors of leather and dry herbs create a great, long dry finish that highlights the great quality of this wine.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's aged wonderfully since the halcyon days of the birth of the new millennium. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic Italian dinner of hot sausage with onions and peppers along with some linguine tossed with garlic and olive oil and a hind of aged Parmesan and Asiago cheeses. Cheers!