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Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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The Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet is a stunning wine from the vintage everyone has talked about. Deliciously concentrated and gracefully classic the flavors continue to unfold and mesmerize on this voluptuous Cabernet. The wonderful balance of smooth rich ripe varietal characteristics are so enjoyable...a winner.

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Heitz Wine Cellars:
Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the locals as Spring Valley. In 1964, Joe and Alice Heitz acquired this 160-acre ranch and winery to accommodate their burgeoning family business. The gray stone cellar, constructed of hand-chiseled perlite in 1898, safeguards Heitz' collection of French oak barrels which are filled with aging wine. The... Read more
Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the locals as Spring Valley. In 1964, Joe and Alice Heitz acquired this 160-acre ranch and winery to accommodate their burgeoning family business. The gray stone cellar, constructed of hand-chiseled perlite in 1898, safeguards Heitz' collection of French oak barrels which are filled with aging wine. The rich patina of its weathered walls is in perfect harmony with the high-tech equipment dotting the landscape of the winery's grounds in the 21st century. Second generation Kathleen Heitz Myers and David Heitz are now at the helm as president and winemaker. They have each been integral to the success of the family business since the 1970s, helping to build the worldwide reputation for Heitz Cellars --- a name that has become synonymous with luxury in the world of winemaking. Heitz Wine Cellars has earned countless accolades for its dazzling wines every year since 1961. Their three renowned vineyard-designated wines --- Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon --- are the highlight of the winery's distinguished resumé. Heitz' remarkable Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has been a collector's favorite for over 40 years. Wine Spectator underscored this wine's legendary status by selecting Martha's Vineyard Cabernet as one of the Top 12 wines of the 20th Century. Heitz Wine Cellars' Chardonnay, Grignolino, Zinfandel and Port have also earned their share of ardent fans over the years. To many admirers, the Heitz label is the premiere symbol of fine wine and graceful hospitality. "We handcraft our wines with the utmost respect for the incomparable vineyards of the Napa Valley. It's a real pleasure to share a bit of their magical bounty in every bottle of wine we make." - Kathleen Heitz Myers, President Since the winery ranch also includes the Heitz' family home, we direct visitors to our original site on St. Helena Highway where we have welcomed wine lovers for almost half a century. Read less

Member Reviews for Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
01/17/2010

aromas of raspberries, red currants, blackberries, very fruit forward but with structure behind it, balanced acidity, underlying tannings but not overpowering, can be enjoyable without a meal


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
06/25/2011

Lighter style cab, not overly tannic. Smooth and approachable Good. - Tasted at winery 12/10


Snooth User: hhotdog
78705465
3.50 5
05/12/2010

dark ruby red color,slight funky earthy berry nose, nice texture, some cherrycola and blackrasberry notes. fairly long finish some acid not to overpowering though. 14.5% alcohol but wasn't all that intense. good long finish.


Snooth User: wine o new york
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3.50 5
04/04/2010

This is a great wine for 2010, ready to drink and sure to impress. It is a full bodied red that brings an elegance to a simple meal and class to a moment requiring ambiance. Great color, texture and nose. This is from an extremely consistant producer who, for sure in the 2004/2005 vintages, has not dissapointed. As a person that prefers bigger wines this is right in the wheel house. Hold it for the fall /winter times later this year.


Snooth User: J DuPuy
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3.00 5
04/28/2010

Complex, deep and bold, this wine should open up over the next 5-10 years and be remarkably complex. Some people scoff at the idea of holding on to $50 wines for any length of time, but I can assure you this wine will be worth drinking down the road. Heitz knows how to make a cab, and this is one has powerful fruit and oak overtones with a subtle texture of spice and espresso. Deep red color with great legs, this wine is a meal in itself, or paired well with pasta.


Snooth User: CRIMHEAD
77565322
4.50 5
02/18/2011

Full bodied as expected from a Heitz, smooth, consistent, classic, mature, perfectly matched with a bone-in strip


Snooth User: ChronicDOMS
75002122
4.50 5
02/10/2011

Love this wine! Not real subtle, I suppose. The flavor is dark cherry with a vanilla hue. Sort of like a chocolate cherry cordial. To my taste, the wine is still not quite at its peak. Maybe a couple more years until it reaches its apogee. Until then, I'm catching just a bit of acid and tannin that outlives the fruit in the finish, what one reviewer probably described as metallic. Not a significant detractor even now, but the best is yet to come.


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External Reviews for Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
10/23/2009

Heitz is a family-run winery that has been operating since the early 1960s, making classically styled wines that are at once both subtle in flavors and layered in complexity. This wine showcases the long growing season with dense dark cherry and currant fruit and a core of bright acidity. Vanilla and spice notes frame the wine, with well-integrated, fine-grained tannins to knit it all together. Drinking well already, and sure to offer pleasure for many, many years to come.


External Review
03/03/2010

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005 750ML


External Review
11/28/2011

The 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon captures the perfection of this exceptional vintage. This is a wine with a striking varietal aroma that quickly engages the senses and then delivers on its promise. It is brimming with dark cherry flavor, notes of vanilla and a touch of dried spice. Nicely balanced with bright acidity, this wine moves smoothly across the palate to an elegant finish. One sip will definitely lead to another with this Cabernet! It is irresistible now, and it will continue to age gracefully. - Winery ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
05/18/2011

An elegant, supple style, with moderately rich currant, spice, cedar and herb flavors. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright brick red appearance. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Mildly tannic. Cassis, mineral, mint, dried herbs. Subtle herbal, minty aromas lead a solid, full-flavored palate with a firm minerally backbone and the hint of firm tannin on the finish. Plenty of character.


External Review
05/18/2011

Excellent richness, concentration and range of flavors, with firm, spicy currant, black cerry, pencil lead and minty-cedary notes, finishing with a tight grip from the tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012.


External Review
05/18/2011

Solid Cabernet, with a core of rich, earthy currant and berry flavors and hints of cedar and spice on the finish. Drinkable now, though the tannins are a bit chewy, but best from 1998 to 2004.


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The Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet is a stunning wine from the vintage everyone has talked about. Deliciously concentrated and gracefully classic the flavors continue to unfold and mesmerize on this voluptuous Cabernet. The wonderful balance of smooth rich ripe varietal characteristics are so enjoyable...a winner.

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