Bought 2 cases upon release at winery directly from Joe Heitz. Forgot about it, pulled out a bottle for dinner with filet mignon -- no evaporation, perfect balance, great nose, smooth, dark garnet, blackberries, cherries, delicious perfection. Still have 15 bottles and will drink soon, but no rush necessary, this wine still has some time. A great surprise.
ok but not up to our expectations for an old bottle of Heitz, drinkable but nothing notable, was easily bested by '85 and '86 phelps backs (neither of which was a great example of those wines either), $50 but won't buy again
Medium color, some bricking. Nose opens with some leather, green olive and a hint of tobacco over cassis. Nice complexity for its age. Spicy peppery finish and mild tannins in a nice way. Aged nice and elegant, especially for a California wine. Many of my fine California wines from the 80's were wonderful but aged poorly. Wife says leather note is lovely. Flavors evolved nicely over the 2 hours we took to consume it. Was elegant and well structured and considering the price, I could not be happier with the way it aged. This bottle was so wonderful it changed my outlook on Heitz. Great job!!!
Drank this bottle with friends with turkey and fixings at Thanksgiving. It was a perfect accompaniment for the meal -- an all-American wine of good age, muted nose but soft, smooth and fruity and still drinking well. Enjoyed by all.
I fully expected this wine to be fit only for pouring down the drain. Upon opening, I was surprised by the fruity aromas. I decanted and was pleasantly surprised to see a nice ruby color, with only a little bit of amber tones around the edge of the glass. Upon tasting it, I was surprised by the amount of fruit remaining after all these years. In a blind tasting, I might mistake this for a wine from the mid to late 90s. For anyone out there still holding onto this one, I would say drink-up. It must be on the decline, but still close enough to its peak to provide a lot of drinking pleasure.
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