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Community Tasting Notes (16) Avg Score: 93.1 points

  • Heitz, Heitz, Heitz and Heitz: Tasting note to follow

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  • Excellent fill/condition; mushrooms, truffle, forest floor; soft wet leather, lovely bouquet with light brown spices; silky, tannins pretty much resolved; slight tart sourness in mid-palate; this sailed for about 20 minutes, then crashed (or the '99 S. Conn Stag's Leap Cab and '05 Arger Martucci Cab completely transformed my palate!). I should've stayed with this a while longer before trying other wines. But quite nice and beautiful while it lasted.

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  • Tobacco, cassis, earth, medium bodied and offering cassis with cranberry flavors, this was past its prime. Drink up.

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  • Base neck fill. Purchased from a retailer who seems to have procured it from Sotheby's.
    Popped and poured, which was the right decision. Earthy funk on the nose that blew off over time. Aromatics enjoyable, if not pronounced or special.
    On the palate someone at the table commented that they would have mistaken it for Bordeaux due to the eucalyptus and lead pencil.
    That said, I found the palate to be signature (old school) California. Dry baker's chocolate, tobacco, and deep, dark fruit dominant with noticeable, though subtle vanillan oak -- but not in an aggressive or unpleasant way. In fact, I'm certain that it knit together a wine that would have been a bit astringent without proper oak treatment . Dense, concentrated, and chewy in flavor though the body was as medium as you get. This wine was very enjoyable and certainly at apogee 38 years later. There's no reason to think that properly cellared examples couldn't hold on for another 5-10.

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  • Bottle and fill were in good shape, but under the capsule there were a few tiny streaks of seepage on the top of the cork. No problems, however, similar to last note - superb. I hope that someone in California today is making wine like this - I have yet to find it.

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View From the Cellar

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard) Bricking medium dark red violet color; classic mint, cassis, eucalyptus nose; tasty, mint, tart plum, palate with firm tannins and at least a decade yet to go; medium-plus finish 93+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/21/2011, (See more on 97 points

    (Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard) Bricking dark red violet color; mint, cassis, eucalyptus nose; rich, gorgeous, cassis, mint palate with sweet tannins; drinking perfectly; medium-plus finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Los Angeles Quarterly, 10/12/2005 92 points

    (Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon 'Martha's Vineyard) had a funky nose with a bit of morning mouth and aggressive wood, but there was some rich cassis behind those. The palate was significantly better and quite rich and beefy, full of cassis flavors with a nice balance of fruit and finish. Yarom didn't like it, but I did despite the fact that the nose got worse and worse. The palate was long and lingering and had the richest expression of fruit in the first flight. You just had to hold your nose while drinking it

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