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Heitz Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

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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 Valley Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 05/20/2013

Lovely nose. Mint, chocolate, red and purple flowers with red, purple and black berry fruit. Fruity with great acid frame. Relaxed tannin. This wine is made for food. Luscious, mouth-coating fruit. Driven by red fruit with blackberry. Masculine and powerful. Still has big acid with will age and integrate more with time. Plenty of life left in it. 92 pts. 5/10/13 at winery


Snooth User: skuatt
8776681
5.00 5
Vintage: 1996 04/10/2010

I have never had a better wine from Napa in 40 years of collecting wine. I was shocked! Decanted about 2 hours prior to drinking and served at 64ºF. Tannins were still quite youthful but very smooth and soft. The most striking feature was the finish which went on for over a minute. People were talking to me as I tasted it and I did not hear a word they said. The nose was exquisite. No words can describe this taste. I am not sure which was more of a factor, my taste buds or my nose. I will remember this wine for ever. The funny thing is I was not expecting such a great wine. I brought this wine from my cellar to Indianapolis's Amalfi's restaurant (with corkage fee), had them decant it and came back later with my son for a father/son dinner. I have opened much more collectible wines for my "special occasions". However, this turned out to be an exceptional special occasion. Thick, chewey, minty, earthy, chocolaty, blackberry, are words that normally would describe a wine like this, but it does not do it justice. I just had the 1998 vintage a few weeks ago, which was excellent, but absolutely no comparison. This is my first wine from California that I give 100 score.


Snooth User: Renault
1014495
4.00 5
Vintage: 1991 12/09/2008

Opened in Dec. 2008. Nice cork, no sign of moisture. Decanted for 3 hours and shared with 3 friends over duck. Colour: A bit of orange and clearer than expected, with a little residus in the bottle. Nose: Exceptional nose, really strong and profound. Not too oaky for a Cal Cab, Smell of berries and hint of vanilla. Mouth: Great wine, rich and silky at the same time. Long-lasting taste. Less strong in mouth than on the nose. General: Easily comparable with high-end Bordeaux. I was a bit anxious on the 18 years in bottle, but still no problem. Great wine !


Snooth User: Jesse Janz
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4.50 5
06/02/2008

A very nice wine that has aged gracefully. A supple berry finish with a hint of eucalyptus. I drank this wine in March of 2008 and the tannins were pretty much all gone with a fair amount of sediment. Deffinarely a classy cabernet.


Snooth User: myopicfriend
3211218
4.50 5
Vintage: 1987 10/02/2007

Delicious "brown sugar" bouquet and chewy fruit. Would drink again and again if I could.


Snooth User: jessgum
69151256
3.00 5
Vintage: 1987 05/29/2008

Its good, but old. We had it several years ago and it was fantastic, but it's lost its luster. Very earthy, mineral, truffles. Finish is ok, not great, If you have any, drink now, dont wait a minute longer!


Snooth User: jathompson
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1986 06/15/2008

When you are approached by someone loud and forceful, with a lot of vigor, but they are unorganized in thought or they have all the energy but none of the content or concomitant direction, then it's rather annoying. But when you're met with someone with the same vim, that energetic and powerful conviction, and they do have something to say, which is direct and concise and unapologetic, then you pay attention, and more often than not, you subscribe. This latter is how I'd describe this wine. Its structure and balance are solid and clear cut: eucalyptus, cassis, cocoa. But its finesse is no less distinct or less potent: mint, anise, sage. The organization in this wine is remarkable and it makes no bones about its character: take it or leave it. Delicious.


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External Reviews for Heitz Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 2008 01/16/2014

The 2008 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet is enchanting - beautifully balancing the unique aspects of vineyard and vintage. That's the good news. The not-so-good-news is that there were only 500 cases produced - one of the smallest releases of Martha's Vineyard ever. This elegant Cabernet is a fruit forward wine with an engagingly soft and sweet center, and just a touch of graphite from the gravelly soils. Aromas of eucalyptus, sage, and green tea mingle with blackberry and cassis. The palate shows incredible finesse, and smooth tannins lead to a long, silky finish.In true Martha's fashion, this Cabernet is lovely to drink now and has the structure to age gracefully. - Winery


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Vintage: 2007 03/14/2012

The 2007 Martha s is a luscious cabernet with an enticing aroma of mint, plum and summer blueberries. Full-bodied with layers of complexity, this wine is beautifully balanced allowing all the pure, elegant flavors to be appreciated and enjoyed.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 07/26/2012

Dense and firm, this gutsy red shows a nice flex behind the tannins, with rich flavors of dark berry, dark chocolate, cedar and melted black licorice. The signature minty trait presents itself for now as a bay leaf and black tea aroma. Drink now thro... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Marthas Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 01/16/2013

Minty bay leaf aromas are pure, with a spicy edge, leading to firm dark berry, mocha, mineral and sage flavors that are tight and well-structured, with firm, ripe tannins that provide an excellent backbone. Much too young now, however tempting. Should only get much better. Best from 2013 through 2022. 3,569 cases made. -JL The gorgeous varietal flavors of 2005 Marthas Vineyard Cabernet reflect this wines classic pedigree. The alluring bouquet of ripe black cherry etched with mint sets the tone for enjoyment. In the mouth, the Cabernet fruit is wonderfully balanced with firm tannins, and the richness of layers adds to the complexity and intrigue. The 2005 vintage is popular due to the near perfect weather conditions in the Napa Valley during the growing season. The grapes arrived at the winery in pristine shape, and the proof is in the delicious wine produced by our winemaking team. This Cabernet is a joy to drink now, and it will also make a sensational ...


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Vintage: 2005 07/23/2013

The 2005 vintage is popular due to the near perfect weather conditions in the Napa Valley during the growing season. The grapes arrived at the winery in pristine shape, and the proof is in the delicious wine produced by our winemaking team.


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Vintage: 2004 07/23/2013

Lavish varietal aromas and a signature twist of mint are followed by an exquisite mouthful of rich black cherry. This is Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest, produced with sun-ripened fruit from the legendary Martha's Vineyard.


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Vintage: 2004 01/16/2013

Shows hints of maturity, with chocolate mint, cherry and currant flavors that are intense yet elegant, balanced and stylish. Full-bodied, firm and focused, this is complex and concentrated without being heavy, offering the wines classic style and personality. Drink now through 2018. 2,750 cases made. -JL The lush opulence that you have come to expect of vintage 2004 Napa Valley Cabernets is finally ready for release at Heitz Cellars! The regal purple of 2004 Marthas Vineyard Cabernet in the glass is the perfect introduction to this exceptional vintage.Lavish varietal aromas and a signature twist of mint are followed by an exquisite mouthful of rich black cherry. This is Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest, produced with sun-ripened fruit from the legendary Marthas Vineyard. During our extended aging process, beautifully integrated French oak adds an appealing note of toasted vanilla. This skillfully balanced Cabernet displays the elegant complexity of its noble heritage as ...


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