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 that a befitting tribute.
Massimo Monticelli, the winemaker, spent his early career at the Cabernet winery Silver Oak producing high-end wines with artisan techniques and style before leaving to focus on smaller boutique labels. Understanding the McCrorie’s vision Massimo and Michael Wolf, the vineyard manager, collectively work together to enhance the unique terroir of the Coombville region—from vineyard to bottle. Michael directs the quality and health of the vineyard—Massimo guides the winemaking process to ensure the fullness of each grape is expressed with fewest outside influences.