by Fred McMillin
for June 9, 1997

King of Cabs

Prologue: "Tom Burgess has quietly and consistently produced some of the most richly textured, durable, ageworthy Cabernets in the Napa valley...Burgess Cellars is one of the valley's unsung heroes"...from "California's Great Cabernets" by James Laube

The Rest of the Story: The eight finalists in our blind Cabernet tasting ranged from $18 to $55. So, it was a bit of a suprise when the winner weighed in at only $22. It was one of those Burgess "unsung heroes," the 1993 Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are grown in a steep, terraced, hillside vineyard 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Clearly, they like it...and you'll like what winemaker Bill Sorenson has been doing with them for over 20 years.

1993 Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Burgess Cellars, St. Helena, CA

Category: Highly Recommended

Postscript: Tom Burgess is as vigorous as his Cabs. A local paper reported that the former airline pilot now flies the "fastest single-engine plane at the airport."

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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