August 16, 2018 - Great age. Mellow and silky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 17, 2013 - On the back end of the drinkability window. Still a nice wine but the fruit is becoming less prevalent
December 31, 2012 - Medium red, showing its 15 years of age. Beautiful nose that only improved as the night wore on. Quite BDX-like with its earth, cedar bough and other "woodsy" notes. Medium body. Black cherry and red currant flavours and still quite structured. In a good place now but clearly demonstrating Heitz ability for long ageing.
December 22, 2012 - Medium dark ruby with no hint of age in the color profile. Decanted and left to breathe for more than 3 hours this was wonderful, especially with grilled lamb chops. Nose is rich and complex, with notes of the typical Heitz herbaceousness, mint, spice and dark fruit. Oaky presence it felt as well on both the nose and palate. This wine has lots of life left.
September 13, 2012 - Caramel tones on the nose. Deep flavours, plenty of complexity. Lots and lots of stuff going on. Cassis, blackberry flavours. Tannins are still present suggesting that a long life awaits.
January 14, 2012 - Last Event of 2010 (Luis, Edina): Very drinkable now and I would not hold these anymore. Dried herbs, spices, floral and raspberries. Soft tannins and very little oak on the nose or palate. No way to guess Cali Cab on this one blind.