Burley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Sciandri Vineyard,Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

The name for Burly originates from founder Hank McCrorie’s college football days, when he was dubbed ‘Burly Bear’ by the local paper. The nickname stuck among his teammates and given the bold nature of this wine, is more than a befitting tribute. The oak tree display on the label is not only a symbol connecting the McCrorie’s childhoods – Hank growing up surrounded by the beautiful southern live oaks of North Carolina and Bernice the sprawling live oak trees at the family ranch in Northern California – but also embodies the intrinsic flavors of tannins and oak, balanced by the beauty of its velvety, rich and flavorful layers. The grapes for this wine come from the Sciandri Family Vineyards, one of Coombsville’s ‘hidden’ gems, located at the edge of rolling hills bordering the 850 acre wilderness Skyline Park. This small family owned vineyard is planted to slightly over 4 hillside acres. This hillside vineyards are rocky; the grapes/clonal choices planted on site produce small fruit with concentrated flavors. The Coombsville region is located in the southern part of Napa Valley closer to the San Pablo Bay’s cooling influences which means their harvest dates are generally among the last in the valley. The moderate cooler climate of this part of the Napa Valley ensures a very long hang time.