|Entry to Burgess Cellars tasting room|
|View from Burgess Cellars|
|Another view from Burgess Cellars|
If you want to experience the difference between aroma and bouquet in a wine, you may do so in the Burgess 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon. Bouquet is what is acquired by a wine through aging or cellaring. This Cab has a remarkable bouquet that is very complex and interesting and could perhaps be described as earthy and smokey (forest floor and cigar box), although that does not do it justice. The French appreciate aged red Bordeauxs and, apparently, so does the Burgess family. BTW please don't stereotype Burgess Cellars simply because they are a mountain winery. As with most mountain wineries there is an emphasis on terroir or very interesting characteristics unique to the vineyard. But Burgess does not produce big, bold, tannic mountain wines but rather wines that are more French in style, somewhat lighter but nuanced and complex. Last of our tasting was a special offering of their Burgess 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a knockout wine that had wonderful fruit, great balance and a fuller body with very good substance and mouth feel. It was lush on the palate with dark cherry and some chocolate with a long finish. It is well worth the $80 and was a real standout.