A lovely expression of Cabernet. Deep, brilliant ruby with aromas of cherries, red currants, chocolate, eucalyptus, and touches of smoke and thyme. Opens up to savory notes on a woody palate that is all about structure and balance, gaining fruit and mineral intensity as it sits in the glass. Fine-grained tannins lead to a persistent, crushed rock finish. This really has a sense of place. Best decanted.
A nose of bold dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color. A medium to full bodied single vineyard Cab with blackberry, cassis, some leather, with a long spiced finish. Best to decant for a couple hrs. www.winelx.com
Very good value; price for quality of wine. Heitz Cabs have been one of my "go to" wines of late. Everything is subtle about this wine; fruit, tannins, whatever else I'm tasting but can't discribe. The nose is a highlight; here I do pick-up some cherry. This is not a heavy, big boy Napa Cab, but rather a softer, quieter, still well produced, cabernet from Napa that I certainly recommend as a value buy.
Inky and dark in the glass, nose of tobacco, leather, oak, and subdued fruit and spice. Tight upon initial opening, the tannins close the palate down, but after 20 minutes the whole affair is remarkably open, the blueberry and blackberry step up, the acid finds its place, and the tannin resolves nicely into a support role. Very well integrated through the evening, presenting nicely at this juncture with primary and secondary flavors front and center.
More red/garnet in color. Really nice nose. Some floral aspects on the nose intermixed with red fruit. More raspberry & bing cherry with just a touch of earth. Very linear lacking complexity & depth. The tannins are manageable and I didn't even decant this. The finish was decent lasting 20seconds at the most. Lots of acidity too just making my mouth water. This is really missing those "extras" that make a wine amazing. There is fruit and then it drops off mid palate. The tannins are there but they are not the massive dense tannins that would allow this to be cellared for a decade. Instead I would drink this now or over the next few years. But I would not go over 5. This is a nice price point for an everyday drinker but vin 29s cru blows this away for the money.
- Purple color and aromas of bell pepper, tobacco and cedar - Herbaceous on the nose, not catching the fruit at first whiff. Smooth but just a little hot in the after taste. Enjoyable and interesting but not special.
Been awhile since I last tried one. Decanted for 3 hours before taking first sip. The wine was much more approachable after decant. It could have gone 4 hours no problem. Subtle fruit cab. Definitely, has some of the boldness one would expect from Heitz, but it was not too much. This bottle can go another 15 years no problem. Important thing is if you plan to open and start drinking a wine right away this is not a candidate for quick consumption. Decanting is important at this early stage.
Nose of black fruit, cassis and a notes of licorice and herbs. Medium bodied, opaque deep garnet color. Black cherry and blackberry on the palate with more herbal notes. The bottle had been open for a while but it still had a hot alcohol character that took 30+ minutes in the glass before diminishing. Tannins were soft but present, medium length finish. At the price point, I think there are better offerings out there but if you're a fan of Heitz, it's a decent showing.
Rich, sweet fruit nose, with distinct liquorice and plum aromas. Hints of spices, sweet tobacco and mint. Quite nice and good integration of wood. Rich and generous palate, albeit too fiery. Very modern. A little bit too much oak on the palate. Fullish body but a bit clumsy. Sweet liquorice on the finish. Tasted blind the wine screamed "New World" and with a personal "gout francais" this sadly detracts from the rating.
Dark and inky color. Legs on a nice wine glass even though it was not a cab glass, a flared pinot glass. The nose was crisp and clean. A little acidic when inhaling and sipping, but flavorful. The palate has lots of dark fruit. Cellar tracker says best between 2011-2020. I couldn't wait and certainly couldn't wait to decant. Always been a character flaw, not being able to wait to decant. I Have to taste the wine at different stages. This Heitz Cellars will probably get better. Not bad now.
Garnet to perhaps dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of flowers, currants, pepper and a hint of camphor. Flavors of berries, raspberries and red cherries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
Dark purpleish-red with a slight hint of bricking on the edge. A hint of bottle bouquet on the aromas with hints of black licorice, cassis and an herbal quality. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Primarily red fruits with cassis, cherry, maybe strawberry and a hint of anise with soft but present tannins and a slight bit of heat on the back of the throat on the medium finish.
2 1/2 hour decant. The wine was the most approachable yet. Recommend a 4 hour decant. It was better than the last time, but still young. I could taste it most on the finish where it was just not ready. Did enjoy the bottle though.
Very solid cab for the money. Slight decant of 1 hour. Initially tight and closed. Started to loosen up after 2 hours. Silky smooth palate. Medium plus finish. Drink now with a decant or save. This has the stuff to improve.
3 hour decant softened up the tannins on this allowing it to open up. This wine is very young so decanting is important. Nose of berry fruit with some spice perhaps fennel. Not one to open up and just pour out for sure.
Opened cork and let sit for three hours. Then a 1 1/2 hour decant. First nose of fruit with a subtle finish. Hints of tobacco. It's a must to decant or open up this wine early. It's too young to open up and drink out of the bottle. Definitely approachable, but give it time before you drink it.
This was splash decanted. Drinks like a standard new world cab of acceptable quality. Vanilla oak on the nose, tannins have grip. Alcohol on the nose and palate. This did not improve in the 1.5 hours it was in front of me.
Holiday Party (Gail and Steph's, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. This had about 30 minutes in a decanter before being served. The nose is oaky, spicy, dark cherry, that later develops some black fruit character, mostly cassis, some heat at times. The palate is medium full bodied, withoak, spices, moderate amounts of alcohol showing, earth, cassis. Decent base bottle, but not the best QPR. This might benefit from some further bottle age to resolve some tannin, but I am concerned about the alcohol over time.
Rating this completely blind from what others gave it. Enjoyed at Bob's Steak and Chophouse at the Omni Fort Worth TX. This is a super complex wine, and all in a wine that poured with a muddy dark red. Opened over 3 hours of dinner. The nose from the pour was intoxicating - not because it had a lot of floral or spice, but because there was a lot of intricacy that I was surprised would exist from a bottle of Napa cab. The nose has everything from limestone to red clay dirt to wet hay to a backbone of thorny blackberry with a hint of black cherry. This wine immediately smelled like it wasn't going to be Napa Cab in a bow tie. On the palate was a nice, earthy wine that consisted of a medium to full bodied blackberry pie, some plum, but not very tart plum. The mid-palate was kind of short. Not a lot of spice on this wine - not a very good steak wine due to the lack of an expressive middle. This wine finished with a lot of oak creeping in, forest floor, blackberry. Totally surprised by this one, and I can understand if some would give it a sub-88 rating based on the fact that they expected this to be a tuxedo wearing Napa cab. If you're looking for this kind of Napa cab, then look elsewhere because you will NOT find it in this bottle. Perfect drinking window now IMO, but look to hold this one another ten years if you so dare. Done by 2025, as I really see a lot of integration already.
A good solid cab for the money. This wine is very bold and needs to open up. I decanted for 3 hours prior to drinking which really gave the wine time to develop. Nose is full of fruit. Tannins push your taste buds, but that is the style of the wine in how it is made. The tannins were not overpowering, but designed to be bold.
Good solid cab for the money. This wine needs a lot of time to open up. For my next one I plan to take it out of the wine refrigerated days in advance to bring it to room temperature. Recommend decanting several hours.
Deep garnet, slow moving tainted legs @14.5% abv. Medium(+) developing nose of blackberries, cocoa, black pepper, red cherries, oak and some bramble bush in the distance. Dry, medium acidity, high alcohol, medium(+)body, medium ripe tannins. Medium(+) flavours of ripe blackberries, black cherries, dark chocolate, tea, a tiny bit if spice. A rich and complex palate, very well balanced fruit-alcohol-acidity, tannins take a bit of a back seat. Good length, medium well-defined finish. Classic bordeaux style from Napa , less austere yet very enjoyable. With lebanese mezze and grilled lamb chops, french-cut, ***.
Solid fruit, fairly smooth, decent finish but not great. Pretty rich for 100% cab. Decanted for two hours and drank over another two. Really improved with time. Still tastes too young even though it is a 2006 cab.
Cherries, eucalyptus and cedar on an interesting, pleasant nose. Medium to fuller bodied. Sour cherries, just like Laube said, with oak and some minerality. Finish is fairly long. Much better than the last bottle.
Raspberry, blackberry, game, and toasted herbs. Great acidity and fine tannins. A very restrained style - I didn't find this too ripe or over-oaked at all. Would love to see this with 5-10 more years of age on it. My style of Napa Cab and at a very reasonable price point.
First sip out of the bottle revealed some sour notes. Let this breathe in the glass for at least 30 minutes in order for classic cab flavors to emerge. Probably a 2 hour decant is necessary at this stage.