The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is moderate sediment in the bottle. The body is full. The wine has satin-like texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has low acidity. One of the best wines I have had this season. Loved it!
I always have a soft spot for Heitz, as the '97 Heitz Trailside was my epiphany wine. This particular bottle was a gift to my dad, who should have drank it by now, but it was sitting in his $99 wine cooler all these years. Opened on thanksgiving. Cellaring was not perfect, but the wine has still held up great. It's definitely entering into its secondary life, and as I expected, it is still silky, subtle and beautiful. It's not going to blow anyone away, but it was perfect at the end of the night, on its own, without food but with great conversation.
Opened my last bottle with with Tommy O and our wives on Pauley's Island. Served with a simple dinner of salad, steak and key lime pie. An initial funkiness on the nose, but it blew off quickly. Red brick color that was beautiful when the glass was held up to the setting sun. Pleasant violet and eucalyptus on the nose and that great dust from the Napa Valley floor. Red fruit (currant and raspberry) with noticeable chewy tannins in the beginning. It really smoothed out after about 15-20 minutes and had a wonderfully expressive finish of 20+ seconds. Sadly, within 90 minutes, it became a bit austere and thinner on the finish. That said, I wish I had more.
American Belle 1st Edition (Switzerland): Tasted blind: Deep ruby red. Nose of black tea infused with red berries. Powerful, elegant wine. Tannins are a bit dry. TAste of Vanilla, coffee, black licorice. Compared to the Martha's 97 in the glass next to it this shows more balance, but is also more mature. Drink now - 2025.
Much better than last bottle (4 years ago). We enjoyed this bottle following a 1999 d'Issan and this one didn't disappoint. Dark cherry, tobacco a hint of eucalyptus and some earth, light-to-medium bodied, seems to be holding up nicely, but I would drink up soon.
I was concerned after seeing some of the recent CT reviews of this wine, but a little funk blew off after the bottle had been open for half hour to reveal the best characteristics Napa cabs can offer -- a beam of black and red currant fruit througout the nose and palate, with chocolate, cedar, tobacco, tanned leather, and hint of eucalyptus. Fruit turned to cherry and more like cherry pie toward the end. This bottle was a gift and has been in my cellar for a decade -- what a reward!
Refined, middle weight '97 Cali Cab, which still possesses wonderful acidity and freshness. Laser-like red currant carries the wine into more subtle tobacco, spice and mineral. Flavors really linger on the finish. This still has plenty of life left in it. Drink now-2014. 92 pts.
Plum, cassis, and blackberry on the nose, and also juniper berry, cedar, and a loamy note. Vibrant and youthful, with sleek acidity and deep pitched currant and plum flavors, hints of mint. A polished and medium long finish, with a trace of warmth. Impressive.
Started off tight and even a bit hot. After 90 minutes in the decanter it opened up nicely. Typical cab aromas including some graphite and light vanilla. Flavors of dark fruits, plum. leather, mocha, maybe a touch of tobacco. Still a good amount of tannic structure here, but my bottle was stored on the cold side for 18 months. Excellent length and grip, full bodied but not overly sweet or extracted. A really nice bottle of cab, I wish I had more, and if I did I would hold it but not past 2011.
boy, first impressions can be deceiving. Opened and it smelled funky, poured a glass and poured it out because it was thin and tasted, well, clearly past its prime. We opened another bottle of wine (different wine) and at one point in the meal my wife poured more of the Heitz into my glass - and I enjoyed it. Well, tells you how important aeration/decanting can be! And if I didn't know better, I'd swear it was darker in my glass too.
Very soft, heading toward its peak, this was a very good bottle, with soft, ripe tannins, a mouthful of wonderful fruit, and a moderately long finish. Well integrated wood, and the soft feel of a well-aged wine. Well done.
After about 2 hrs after decanting the tannins where gone and you are left with a nice heavy concentrated blackberry Napa Cabernet that pleases the palate. A touch of leather and tobacco went well with the heavy steak served at dinner. Need to find more of these bottles.