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Burrell School Vineyards

Burrell School Vineyards Burrell School's origins date back to 1854 when Lyman J. Burrell settled the rough wilderness that is now home to our winery and Estate vines. Carrying on the more than 130 year old tradition at the School, David and Anne Moulton began development of the Estate vineyard in 1973. At a 1,600 foot elevation, the site faces to the southwest. Soils are a complex mixture of loam and shale due to our close proximity to the San Andreas Fault. Nearby Monterey Bay brings warm days and cool nights. This results in a unique microclimate, perfect for long, slow ripening of cool climate grapes. Initial plantings were to Chardonnay and Merlot, with Pinot Noir added in 2002. Cultivation and spraying are done with heritage Cletrac tractors; pruning, seasonal operations and picking are all done by hand. From growing to harvesting, the goal is toward the best wine grapes possible in order to produce distinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their mountain home. Once harvest begins, the sure hand of winemaker David Moulton begins its influence. Grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, crushed in small lots, and fermented with select yeast strains. Barrel selection is tailored to each varietal. Long, slow aging (12 to 18 months in French or American oak barrels) and unfined, unfiltered wines are the key to our winemaking techniques. Bottling follows, with an additional six to twelve months of aging before any wines are released for your enjoyment. Our estate vines yield the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, along with Estate Cabernet Franc, Syrah and the exclusive Valedictorian blend from the nearby Pichon Vineyard. Select grapes from other small Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards are also used.

Directions
Burrell School Vineyards and Winery is conveniently located halfway between San Jose/Los Gatos and Santa Cruz on Summit Road, 3.5 miles east from the intersection of Highway 17 and Summit Road. We are in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just over an hour south of San Francisco.


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24060 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA, US, 95030 Email: info@burrellschool.com
Phone: 408-353-6290 Web: www.burrellschool.com
Fax: 408-353-6290
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  Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Information: The vineyard is located in the legendary Chaine d'Or on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is planted to the Pourray clone, thought to be the first Cabernet Franc planted in our area, dating back to the early 1900's. This site produces fruit with a distinct peppery quality. Tasting Characteristics: Cabernet Franc is known for its red berry flavor profile and a moderate tannic structure. This Cabernet Franc does not disappoint, adding notes of pepper and an elusive violent scent. One of our most popular wines and extremely limited.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains
  CV Zinfandel/Matero Blend
Vineyard Information: Leona's Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley. These vines date back to an original planting circa 1898. Three acres are still under cultivation, yielding small amounts of concentrated flavors. Tasting Characteristics: Bright cherry flavors, a nose of blackberry fragrance and notes of cocoa and chocolate are the signature of this small production, exclusive blend. Soft tannins and bright fruit are indicators of a wine ready to be enjoyed now.
  Estate Chardonnay
Vineyard Information: Our estate vines are situated on a sloping south-west exposure at a 1,560 foot elevation in the cool-climate Santa Cruz Mountains. Located well above the fog line of Monterey Bay, the vines enjoy a long growing season marked by warm days and cool mountain nights. The 2000 growing season was lengthy and moderate in temperature. Tasting Characteristics: Classic Burgundian style Chardonnay with signature flavors of lively citrus notes, hints of mango and apricot, vanilla and soft nutty oak. Crisp acidity and a long finish bode well for cellar-aging for four to five years.
  Estate Merlot
Vineyard Information: Our estate vines are situated on a sloping south-west exposure at a 1,560 foot elevation in the cool-climate Santa Cruz Mountains. Located well above the fog line of Monterey Bay, the vines enjoy a long growing season marked by warm days and cool mountain nights. Tasting Characteristics: Deep, opaque color followed by aromas of black cherry, mocha and spice. A rich, textured mouth feel adds extra complexity.
  Old Schoolhouse Red
Vineyard Information: Located on the borders of Silicon Valley, the Hayes and DellaMaggiore vineyards reflect the rich agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley. Tasting Characteristics: A big nose of currant and spice is followed by lush mid-palate flavors of red fruits. Mouth-feel is round and soft. Smooth tannins and bright fruit are indicators of wine ready to enjoy now.
  Pinot Noir
Vineyard Information: Two distinct vineyards are used for this spectacular wine: Pinto Valley (formerly Trout Gulch) in the Aptos foothills and Amaya Ridge, located on a sunny ridge-top site about thee miles from Burrell School. Tasting Characteristics: A lovely ruby color glistens in the glass. Fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry pair with a unique spicy note, and a floral, silken finish with nicely integrated tannins. The finish is long and lingering. Barrel aged for 18 months, the reserve bottling has been worth the wait!
  Syrah
Vineyard Information: This Syrah is sourced from the DellaMaggiore Vineyard, Estate Pichon Vineyard block, Santa Clara Valley. Located on the borders of Silicon Valley, the Pichon vineyard block and the DellaMaggiore vineyard reflect the rich agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley. Tasting Characteristics: Deep, opaque, almost black color followed by aromas of dark berries, cassis and licorice. A rich, textured mouth feel adds extra complexity.
  Valedictorian
Vineyard Information: Crafted with one-third Estate Merlot, one-third Cabernet Franc, and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a 100% Santa Cruz Mountains wine crafted in the Bordeaux style. Tasting Characteristics: We blended our 9 best barrels to produce this exclusive and limited first bottling of Valedictorian. Using exclusively French oak barrels, the soft tannins and full fruit flavor will age well...but hurry, this vintage is limited!
  Zinfandel
Vineyard Information: Ryan Oaks is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, an area with a rich heritage of Zinfandel cultivation dating back two centuries. Tasting Characteristics: Berry nose, sweet spice notes, juicy flavors and a long fruity finish.

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