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Community Tasting Notes (7) Avg Score: 90.5 points

  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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!!!

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  • 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.

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  • 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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