Burgess Cellars

Brush Breaker
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 23
Vintage: 2017

Burgess Cellars

Brush Breaker

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

10 cases produced


  • This wine is crafted to showcase the sophistication of our mountain fruit—ageable, elegant and complex
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aging in 100% new French oak for 20 months in our historic stone winery
  • From a single vineyard block at the Haymaker Vineyard on the eastern slope of Howell Mountain
  • Burgess Cellars is a second-generation winemaking and wine-growing operation


In 1972, Tom Burgess established a winery and business on the side of Howell Mountain, promoting the then little known Napa Valley region. Honoring Tom's passion and determination, we named our Premiere Napa Valley wine "Brush Breaker." This unique wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Block 7 hailing from our esteemed Haymaker Vineyard that Tom Burgess developed in 1988. Harvested at the peak of perfection, “Brush Breaker” has all the characteristics of an eastern-facing hillside vineyard on Howell Mountain: inky, black fruit and cassis flavors and complex aromas with the perfect balance of sweet French oak and refined, velvety tannins. Crafted to highlight the terroir of this unique vineyard site, this legendary wine is sure to be a stunner for years to come.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
  • Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery

Kelly  Woods

Winemaker, Burgess Cellars

Winemaker, Kelly  Woods

I fell into winemaking by accident, and what a happy accident it has become! As a winemaker, I've been fortunate to work with some of the best fruit in the valley ranging from the beautiful hillsides of Howell Mountain to the fabulous valley floor vines in Rutherford and beyond. I've had the pleasure of working with some of the finest winemakers that have helped shape and form my winemaking philosophies and techniques. I love the challenge that each vintage brings, and taking what Mother Natures gives us to create elegant, world-renowned wines.

Country born: United States

Education: BS Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Create well balanced, elegant wines that express the terroir, and to have fun doing it!

Southern Napa Fine Wine House

2304 Main Street
Daphne  AL  36526


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