.Burrell School’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Why not kick off 2018 with a great bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon? As the saying goes … life’s too short to drink bad wine.

Burrell School’s 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains “Dean’s List” (about $30) is a hefty mouthful of estate-grown Cab that will impress even the pickiest of Cab drinkers. Burrell School’s proprietor and winemaker Dave Moulton goes all-out to make the best wine—and this one bursts with Bing cherries, anise, blackberries, and currants, finishing with a subtle hint of pepper. Balanced with good tannins, Moulton says the wine will age well—through 2022 and longer.

Grapes were harvested from Burrell School’s estate Pichon Vineyards on the slopes of Mount Umunhum above Lexington Reservoir—a beautiful sunny spot where fruit ripens perfectly. A blend of 85 percent Cabernet, enhanced with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and “a big splash” of Petit Verdot, this Dean’s List Cab is intense and fruity with a delicate touch of smoky oak notes.

All Moulton’s wines have a “school” theme name in honor of the historic 1890 school house where he handcrafts the winery’s distinctive wines.

The good news is that the Dean’s List Cab is on sale right now as part of a four-pack sampler—which also includes Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Merlot. Check online for more info.

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Burrell School has plans to hold many more events in the future, so keep an eye on their website. And don’t miss their Passport day on Jan. 20. Visit scmwa.com for more info on participating wineries.

Burrell School Vineyards, 24060 Summit Road, Los Gatos, 408-353-6290. burrellschool.com

 

Wine & Crab Feast

Burrell School will be putting on a Wine & Crab Feast featuring the release of their 2016 Chardonnay and their 2013 Pinot Noir—with a surprise sunset toast. The menu includes fresh local crab, Spanish paella with Corralitos Market sausage, Half Moon Bay spot prawns, local vegetables, and dessert. Dinner and wine: $95, wine club members: $85 (tax included). The event is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. Contact Sales Manager Kyle Davis at 916-524-2849 or [email protected] for reservations and more info.

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