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  • I grew up tasting and buying Heitz cabernet back in the 70's when I was in my twenties. It was THE wine to buy(because it was sooo delicious and sooooo expensive). So of course I drank a lot of Heitz cabernet.
    It was and always will be (in my mind, of course) the standard bearer of Napa Valley cabs. It was the one wine that we placed above all others.
    It was the epitome of all Napa Valley cabs - end of sentence. And to this day, it still stands up as one of the best vineyards in the valley.
    This particular bottle is holding up well despite it's age but still showing incredible depth, color and flavor.

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  • When in doubt, a sure bet is a well aged, good vintage Heitz.

    I intended to grab an 06 but, mistakenly grabbed an 07. I’ve not had one of my 06’s yet...next weekend.

    The one thing I do every time I open one of my ten year or older Heitz Napa Cabernet’s is smile & think, this was sub $35 at Costco. It’s the wine feeling/definition of stealing candy from babies.

    The nose is a beautiful harmony of fruit, earth and florals. Steeped, somewhat stewed, candied fruits of; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, mix of purple fruits; boysenberries, ollieberries, & mulberries. Dark, sweet tarriness, anise to black licorice, touch of incense, fire ambers, dark spices with violets palate heat, chocolate pudding, vanilla, light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, dark chocolate, caramel, sweet, soft, dark spice, dark berry cola, dark cherry kirsch, dark, rich earth, limestone, crushed, dry rocks, dry top soil, moist clay, understated herbs & dry brush, brewed coffee, mint, some sage & bay leaf, tobacco, dry, old leather with amazing, fresh & slightly withering & candied; dark, red, blue, purple with a violet & lavender frame. The acidity is splendid. The long, ripe, ruby, lush, elegant, well crafted balance of fruit & earth is delicious and persists endlessly with a dark spice on the long set.

    The body is; delightful, ripe, rich, lush & full. The structure, tension, length and balance are woven in a perfect tapestry. This 07 has another 10-15 years easily. The tannins are rounded, smooth but, still have a dark, chewy, tarriness with baby teeth. The beauty of the vintage is on full display. Steeped, somewhat stewed, candied fruits of; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, mix of purple fruits; boysenberries, ollieberries, & mulberries. Dark, sweet tarriness, anise to black licorice, touch of incense, fire ambers, chocolate pudding, vanilla, light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, dark & milk chocolate, caramel, sweet, soft, dark spice, dark berry cola, dark cherry kirsch, dark, rich earth, limestone, crushed, dry rocks, dry top soil, moist clay & dry brush, brewed coffee, mint, tobacco, dry, old leather with amazing, fresh & slightly withering & candied; dark, red, blue, purple with a violet & lavender frame. The acidity is perfect. The finish is; rich, ripe, ruby, candied, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant and long sets into velvety, round tannins and mid dark spices.

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  • As always Heitz delivers a solid Cabernet. 12 years of age on this one and it was drinking perfectly. This is not a great wine, but it is very good, especially for the price. Always reliable.

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  • Very solid wine. I've been a fan of Heitz since the '80's and it still does not disappoint. This wine has it all - fabulous black fruit, silky textures, solid tannins and a brilliant mouth feel. Its holding together quite well for an 2007. I love this wine, only wish I could drink it more often!

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