Opened and decanted 3+ hours ahead of a seared filet dinner feast. Dark, deep, cloudy crimson color. Nose brings bright red raspberries, fresh cut spring flowers, sweet tobacco, espresso, leather, and wet sod. The palate is jagged, full, saturated, and silky, bringing plump blackberries, blueberries, chocolate cherries, mocha, and candied strawberries. The finish is hard and hot - the only major detriment to this wine - with thick acid, alcohol, and tannins. Typical to the vintage in Napa, I'm not so sure the finish will improve much. Drink now - 2025.
A nice wine. Had two tastes at xmas. Someone brought a 1.5L 2012 Andrew Will Sorella, which after a taste I went running back to get a glass of only to find it gone. My Heitz was an acceptable consolation.
The 2007 Heitz Cellar Cabernet is a deep ruby coloured wine that combines fruit and finesse perfectly and is packed with fragrant aromas of raspberries, blueberries and fresh lavender. It is full bodied, muscular and tannic, yet well rounded and soft as it unleashes loads of chocolate, creme de cassis and caramel on the palate - and caps it off nicely with a long, silky finish. It is in the early days of its maturity phase and should continue to evolve nicely over the next decade.
Nice wine if not a bit thin or one note. Bottle age helps. Good quality helps. But once you've had their Martha's Vineyard, other Heitz bottles come up short. Good wine at Costco for $35 but not at $40+.
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