Red

2005 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2013 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 42

  • rlove wrote: (93 points)

    February 19, 2017 - Dark purple. Rich and dark but not overripe, with cassis, mint, and cedar on the nose. Surprisingly silky, with nice acidity, and flavors of blackberry preserve and dried herbs leading to a lingering, mineral-laden finish. The 2005 Martha's Vineyard saturates the palate. Drink through 2025+. (Bottle number 5933)

  • la turque wrote: (91 points)

    January 25, 2017 - Ad Hoc Tasting (Chez Moi): Nose dominated my mint and eucalyptus, and well as chambord liqueur / raspberry jam. Balanced on the palate, but a little disjointed. Drinking now.

  • rocknroller wrote: (92 points)

    January 14, 2017 - Chef's Choice Dinner in the North Loop: A Night of Burgundy (David's Place, Mpls): Very dark red color. This was a bonus bottle that Craig shared from the previous night. A little warm at first pour and then a chilled pour was more vibrant. Typical mint nose with vanilla, creme de cassis fruits, boysenberry, medium plus body, tasty. I'll refer you to Chablis28's detailed and insightful note for more. 92+pts.

  • chablis28 wrote: (92 points)

    January 13, 2017 - 18 years ago when I was first getting serious about wine I would have though an 11 year old Cab is 100% ready to go. Since then I've had many btls older than this Heitz MV and learned that, more times then not, a well made old school Cab is, at best, only entering its drinking window after 11 years and will not be a rock star until it's 15yrs old plus. That's definitely the case here. Here's my notes.... Decanted for a solid 2-1/2 hours then back into the btl just before leaving for St Paul Grill. Pulled the cork upon arrival, took a pour to let evolve in glass and started drinking around 30 minutes later. This is wide open and if you like young Cabs you'll be very happy with this. For me the oak still needs better integration and is the biggest obstacle to this reaching its full potential currently. That said, once you put the oak out of mind you finds lots else to love like its; smoky creosote, mint and dark fruited nose. The palate still has some baby fat to shed. Tannins are pretty smooth and yet there is enough zip to keep this fresh. The palate is a complex cornucopia for dark fruit, spice, cedar, mint & chocolate. I think this is fun now but if you only have 1 or 2 wait till at least 2020. I won't open btl #2 until 2020+. For many people this may already be a 93pt+ wine. For those of us who like everything in its place and more fully resolved, its a solid 92pts. Plenty of upside yet IMO. Alc 14.5% Best served around 55 degrees. its not much fun at 68-72 degrees.

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  • CamWheeler wrote: (92 points)

    December 15, 2016 - Beat your 2016 WOTY Dinner: Bottled in June 2009. Cedar, mint, redcurrant, menthol and some charcoal as well. Quite sweet fruit initially on the palate, but then a real savoury element sweeps through the mid palate. Young but feels quite open and there is plenty to like about this already.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (May 2016), 5/1/2016 (link)

    (Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Napa) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Heitz Wine Cellars - Celebrating Fifty Years of Napa Valley Excellence

    (Cabernet Sauvignon “Martha’s Vineyard”- Heitz Wine Cellars) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, In Search of California’s New and Old Schools of Terroir

    (Cabernet Sauvignon “Martha’s Vineyard”- Heitz Cellars) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/10/2010 (link)

    (Heitz, Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/3/2014 (link) 93 points

    (Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; appealing, minty, dark chocolate, ripe cherry nose; rich, medium-plus bodied, ripe cherry, baked cherry, mint palate with sweet tannins; ready now; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/25/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; mint, cassis, red raspberry nose; tight, tasty, ripe cassis, mint palate with balance, needs 6-plus years; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Heitz Cellar
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Martha's Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Codes 098803010531, 098803010838, 098803010937, 098803120537

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (1%)
  • In Cellars 931 (78%)
  • Consumed 247 (21%)

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Beef, Game, Lamb, Light game

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