Red

1985 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2000 - 2014 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 76

  • jviz wrote: flawed

    May 12, 2019 - Mildly corked, but just enough to notice and it didn’t get better with time. A disappointment, as I’ve never had an old Martha’s before.. still can get some of the eucalyptus in it though!

  • Rixley Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 17, 2018 - Evolved over several hours after decanting. Wonderful exotic aromas.

  • walkerjfw wrote: 97 points

    October 30, 2018 - Dinner w Tom F at the Village Pub in Menlo area...great spot, corkage friendly and knowledgeable staff. Had them decant this, fill to the bottom neck. Drank after a Domaine Dublere (white burgundy)

    Consistnet w/prior notes: "Color is a brick red, clear and vibrant. Nose is very Bordeaux-like, cherries/red fruits, mint/eucalyptus. From prior notes: "Palate is old red fruits, cherries, earth/cedar, vanilla, oak, blackberry, chocolate. Finish was spectacular, layered and complex - bringing out secondary flavors..."

    The signature Martha's eucalyptus was really notable here, and got more fragrant as the wine opened. Color and texture still elegant.

    This wine has been consistently good in my last few tastings. Last few bottles suggest it will still go a while...really well made, wonder if they ever thought the wine would last this long?..:)still drinking well at 33 years and should make it to 40...a few bottles left, great stuff

  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 19, 2018 - Full and palate coating. Hints of graphite and celery root on the nose. Not as sharp as some bottles.

  • WestUAg Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 15, 2017 - Surprisingly tight for a wine that is 32 years old. If you have this bottle I might suggest decanting it for a couple of hours before consuming. It was a pnp for me to celebrate Astros world series win that night and while clearly a great bottle of Heitz martha..more eucalyptus than mint on this one and some great dark fruits. Tannin's are gone but it still felt like this wine was holding back. Could probably last another 10-20 years in your cellar. I wil revisit with a nice decant next time.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Heitz Wine Cellars - Celebrating Fifty Years of Napa Valley Excellence

    (Cabernet Sauvignon “Martha’s Vineyard”- Heitz Wine Cellars) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/9/2011 (link)

    (Heitz, Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

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

    (Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon 'Martha's Vineyard) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/27/2006 (link) 92 points

    (Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard) A little fishy on the nose; mature, mushroomy, rich black fruit, iodine palate with sweet tannins; medium beetroot finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer Heitz Cellar
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Martha's Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (1%)
  • In Cellars 808 (66%)
  • Consumed 407 (33%)

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