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Heitz Napa Cabernet 1998

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Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Napa Valley --- Oakville Vineyard: Certified Organic by CCOF Residual Sugar: Dry Alcohol: 14.2% Release Date: February 1, 2003 Tasting Notes: The 1998 Martha’s Vineyard is easily identifiable with its pronounced mintiness, a unique characteristic of the vineyard. True to its pedigree, this is a rich, briary wine with layers of complexity. The flavors are bright and bold with a medium weight on the mid-palate and a delightful soft and lingering finish. The 1998 vintage shows signs of youthful tannins and tenacity, but the overall balance ensures a long- lived wine. Enjoy this solid Cabernet Sauvignon from Heitz Wine Cellars.

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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 Napa Cabernet

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Snooth User: Olivier
28906500
4.00 5
04/07/2008

Very interesting wine as not so into the Californian style. Fresh nose. Aromas on the plum side with red fruits and a touch of mint, with a nice structure and some good tanins. A real cabernet sauvignon! To drink now


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

pungeant aromas of green and red bell peppers, some dark fruit on the palate, a leaner cabernet, highlights the dustiness, the "rutherford dust"


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.00 5
01/17/2010

filled with dark berries, earthy and with a little pepper on the nose. palate opens up to black currants, a little smokiness and leather, complex layers of flavors, dried fruit and tea leaves approach during the finish, wonderful length.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,280
4.00 5
09/30/2009

More notes of plum and oak than the 04 but still very elegant. Very smooth finish.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.00 5
05/15/2009

Black cherry, chocolate, smooth. Fruit forward, light smoke. Great acid, beautiful balance.


Snooth User: skuatt
8776681
4.00 5
04/10/2010

Fantastic! Long finish,rich in aromatics of black cherries, coffee,chocolate and fresh crushed mint. Amber around the edges showing some maturity with that classic earthy taste from an aged wine. It drinks exceptionally well for a 1988.


Snooth User: DB107
16377144
4.50 5
05/19/2009

Liked this so much we bought 5 more bottles. Should have gotten a case. Don't confuse it for the Martha's Vineyard version, I can't speak for that one. But this one was a great value - on sale for $30 per bottle. One note from the wine school - if you have them, drink them, they won't get better from here on out.


External Reviews for Heitz Napa Cabernet

External Review
05/17/2010

Well-oaked but not overdone, giving it a mocha scent and smooth texture, and it is complex in flavor, with the wood matching up to currant, anise, coffee and dill nuances, finishing with fine-grain tannins. Drink now through 2009. 2,814 cases made. -JL


External Review
02/12/2009

Minty currant and cedary oak flavors precede a firm, dry, tannic Cabernet that is well-balanced with chewy cherry, plum and wild berry flavors. Best to decant an hour before serving. Best from 2004 through 2010. 4,449 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
03/15/2012

Minty currant and cedary oak flavors precede a firm, dry, tannic Cabernet that is well-balanced with chewy cherry, plum and wild berry flavors. Best to decant an hour before serving. Best from 2004 through 2010. 4,449 cases made. Wine Spectator, Jun 15, 2003, James Laube


External Review
11/14/2013

A rich well-balanced youthful rendition with complex currant herb mineral sage pepper and cedar flavors that firm up and turn tannic on the finish picking up a leathery flavor. Despite an uneven vintage Heitz has a knack for making well-balanced wines even in lesser years. This one s worth a try. Wine Spectator.



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Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Napa Valley --- Oakville Vineyard: Certified Organic by CCOF Residual Sugar: Dry Alcohol: 14.2% Release Date: February 1, 2003 Tasting Notes: The 1998 Martha’s Vineyard is easily identifiable with its pronounced mintiness, a unique characteristic of the vineyard. True to its pedigree, this is a rich, briary wine with layers of complexity. The flavors are bright and bold with a medium weight on the mid-palate and a delightful soft and lingering finish. The 1998 vintage shows signs of youthful tannins and tenacity, but the overall balance ensures a long- lived wine. Enjoy this solid Cabernet Sauvignon from Heitz Wine Cellars.

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