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Heitz Cellar

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2010 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 88

Medium bodied, light in color, with a fresh, crisp, red berry and spicy profile that while fine, lacks weight and density.

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2010 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard  (Rutherford) 89

Medium bodied, with a fresh, medicinal cherry profile that ends with a blast of crisp cassis and cherry notes.

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2009 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 88

Tart, dry and tannic, with a medium bodied, bright red fruit, spice and earthy, red berry core.

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2009 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 86

Herbaceous, leafy aromas, complicated by earth and bright red fruits, the wine is medium bodied with a crisp, somewhat drying finish.

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2009 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard  (Rutherford) 87

Secondary notes are already in the open, with their tobacco, earthy, spicy character. Medium bodied and tannic, this is an old school Cabernet Sauvignon with a tart, crisp, slightly dry finish.

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2007 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 90

Light in color, medium/full bodied, dominated by juicy, ripe, crunchy berries, tobacco, spice and earth, with time hopefully, this will put on weight and flesh out.

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2007 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks  (Rutherford) 83

High toned, with bright red fruit, earth and tobacco. Medium bodied with a short, tannic, tart, red cherry finish.

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1997 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 91

What this lack for in concentration, it more than makes up for with its tell-tale mint, menthol and eucalyptus scents that enhance the fresh ripe cherries. The wine is soft, smooth and drinking in prime time today.

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1990 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 88

Medium bodied, soft, slightly more than full mature, the wine is starting to lose its fruit and gain in notes of herbs, mint, tartness and acidity. I’d drink this sooner than later if I owned any.

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1985 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 95

Classic California Cabernet Sauvignon that provides great drinking today. If this was blind I would have guessed it was at lest 10-15 years younger than its true age. Slightly rustic, with some green, (olive, herb & mint) the wine still delivers a blast of blackberry, spice, earth and cedar that lingers. I liked this wine a lot!

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A perfect example of a fully mature, charming, California Cabernet Sauvignon filled with sweet, ripe cherries, tobacco, earth, smoke and spice. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass, softening in texture and adding more nuances.

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1981 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 88

Much better on the nost than the palate, with its tobacco, earth, cassis, blackberry and leafy aromatics. On the palate, the cassis and cranberry finish did not remain long enough to hold my attention. It was a treat to taste this older, classic California Cabernet Sauvignon, but if I owned it, I'd opt for drinking this much sooner than later.

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1976 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 94

Great example of classic California Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine offers the perfect blend of rusticity and firm, elegant charm, tobacco, mint and black cherry perfume, and an earthy, sweet and slightly tart, cassis finish. There is no reason to wait on this any longer, as previous bottles offered more fruit and freshness.

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Combining mint with cassis, blackberry, earth, forest and tobacco made a compelling perfume. In the mouth, this mature, soft, plush wine covered your palate with fresh fruit. The roasted fruit sensations linger in your mouth.

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1974 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 96

Just a beautiful wine, with its unique, herb, mint, eucalyptus, cherry pipe tobacco and earthy profile. At 45 years of age, this was just showing great.

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Much better than the previous bottle, tasted a few months ago. This showed a sweet, dark, red fruit profile, with a smoky, tobacco, herb and bright cherry character, and a nice balancing act between refined rusticity and elegance. This is not a wine for further aging.

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I find I am more often disappointed than thrilled with this legendary these days. Hey, it's about to hit its 40th birthday. Nothing lasts forever. The nose is a ringer for a Left Bank Bordeaux, with its leafy tobacco, red berry , earthy, kirsch laden charm. Medium/full bodied, elegant, soft and with a sweet red fruit and just a hint of tart cherry in the finish. If you are sitting on a bottle, pop a cork. If you are thinking of buying it, personally, I do not think it is worth the money.

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Now, here's a wine I never thought I'd see again. The wine was showing beautifully. This bottle was clearly enjoyed perfect storage, because the earth, mint, smoke, tobacco, cherry and cigar box aromas were intoxicating. Fully mature, the earthy, cherry filled finish kept on going.

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Tobacco, blackberry, cassis, mint leaf, cigar box, spice and earthy notes open to a fully mature, soft, supple, round wine with elegant tannins. There is a lot of intensity, richness and balance in this sublime example of fully mature California Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasted blind, I was shocked to find this was close to 40 years old! This bottle was better than the last bottle I tasted. But they pale next to how this wine tasted a few years ago.

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Probably not a correct bottle. Cassis, tobacco and earthy scents were easy to find, However, there was no sensation of mint and hints of musty aromatics were present. Dense cassis flavors made up the finish. Sadly, I’m still waiting to taste an epiphany bottle from this legendary California Cabernet.

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1972 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 84

Tobacco, cassis, earth, medium bodied and offering cassis with cranberry flavors, this was past its prime. Drink up.

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1968 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard  (Oakville) 97

Not quite at the level of the previous bottle tasted a few years back, but still stunning, the wine is long, concentrated, fresh, lively and filled with deep red fruits, chocolate mint, herbs, forest leaf and tobacco. There is depth and length, which is perfect, because you want this beauty to stick with you.

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Definitely the first time I've ever seen this bottle, and probably the last, this was stunning in ever sense of the word! With good color, the floral, chocolate mint, cherry, tobacco and earthy nose got you going and kept you going as well. Full bodied, fresh, deep and long, the fruit had a beautiful sense of purity. This was stunning in every sense of the word! This is definitely one of the best, mature, classic, California Cabernet Sauvignon wines I've ever tasted! WOW!!!

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1962 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 93

Fully mature, with a strong, tobacco, cedar, cigar box, floral and earthy character, which added to the bright, red fruits. Medium bodied, and still holding on to some sweetness in the fruit, the finish served up a hint of thyme, along with earthy, sweet and tart, red fruits.

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1959 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 97

Stunning in every sense of the word, especially when the wine was revealed, as it was served double blind. I was sure it was a strong, fully mature Pauillac. Full bodied, with a good concentration of fruit, cedar wood, cigar box, cassis and wet earth, this can easily go another decade or longer. What a treat!

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