On our 25th Anniversary, in 1997, we started making a wine called “ENVIERE” in celebration of our time here. Enveiere is a derivative of an old French word meaning, “to send a message.” (Think envelope, envoy, etc.) So, as a wine, it is a message in a bottle. That message is just how powerful, elegant, bold, and full of character a Napa Valley hillside wine can be. We packaged this wine in tall, dark glass with a black label and gold writing with the Burgess hallmark on it. Enveiere proved awesome, winning friends and fans over with its style and beauty, however the name was too difficult for most to remember let alone spell! We made an Enveiere from 1997 to 2002, and then in 2005 rekindled the project with “Estate Vineyards Reserve.” Estate Vineyards Reserve and Enveiere have the same ring to it, and we still use the names interchangeably at the winery!
EVR is a powerful yet not overdone Bordeaux-blend. Unlike other Burgess wines, this wine sees a lot of new oak, with some of its elevage being in 100% new French Oak barrels. We first selected outstanding lots of wine nine months after harvest and then put them into the new oak.
Vineyard & Wine maker notes:
This is a proprietary red blend, and therefore percentages of each variety are not released. There is a significant amount of hillside Cabernet Sauvignon and varied amounts of other Bordeaux cultivars are blended to achieve a round and full impression. The most amazing thing about this wine is that the fruit flavors are all “varietal-correct”; there is no prune, raisin, or other over-ripe character. The dense layers of blackberry, cassis and dark cherry are complemented by rich, toasty and spicy oak.
Cases produced: 200
Suggested Retail: $80