Red

1997 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
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Community Tasting Notes 37

  • AlexHop Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 16, 2018 - Great age. Mellow and silky.

  • stevenjstein wrote:

    April 9, 2016 - Not sure if this was over the hill or the bottle just hadn't been in ideal storage conditions. The fruit didn't seem faded. If anything it seemed overripe and a bit sour. On the back end there were some harsh, bitter tannins. It's like the components fell apart. Could have been the result of oxidation or heat damage.

  • David B Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 1, 2016 - Shame on me. I had a bottle last year and thought this vintage was on its last legs. I was quite wrong. Pulled another one I have to drink tonight. Obviously The one last year was a bad bottle, or not stored well, rare for Heitz. Tonight's bottle had excellent tannin's, in fact we all agreed it should have been opened earlier than 2 hours before drinking. We let it sit and went back to it after 4 hours. Color had no sign of its age, still dark cherry in color, beautiful nose, could not stop smelling the earth and Cab fruit. On the palate earthy, almost a slight sweetness on back end with ever so slight mint that you get in Martha's vineyard. Wish I had more.

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  • David B Does not like this wine: 50 points

    December 25, 2014 - My last of several. Unfortunately this once beautiful wine is over the hill. A sad day. The 97's were gorgeous. The nose was still there but it tasted like sour cherries. I let it breath for 2 hours and wonder if maybe it oxidized. Sometimes older wines have a short window one you open them.

  • capacious Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 19, 2013 - A relatively more typical napa cab than some of our experiences with Heitz would have left us to anticipate-still probably five or more years left in this one-tannins not quite silky but perhaps an 800 -1000 thread count if we are using a silk sheet analogy-lengthy and complex finish-wish I had more of this one. Still remember visiting napa in 1971 when Joe was working out of a trailer and there were pickups with shotgun racks as the preferred Napa vehicle. Took a case of 67 Martha's home as our first brush with napa and surely wish I still had one or two from that case.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/15/2003 (link) 90 points

    (Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard) Reticent nose; herbal, berry, eucalyptus, pepper palate; medium finish 90+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Heitz Cellar
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Trailside Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Rutherford
  • UPC Codes 098803010944, 098803019343

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  • In Cellars 306 (54%)
  • Consumed 257 (46%)

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