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1996 Heitz - Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

Heitz Wine Cellars is located in Spring Valley, in the eastern hills of St. Helena. In 1964, Joe and Alice Heitz acquired this 160-acre ranch and winery to accommodate their burgeoning family business.

Heitz Wine Cellars has earned countless accolades for its dazzling wines every year since 1961. Their three renowned vineyard-designated wines --- Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon,... More »

Score
93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2015 VF: 2000-2010
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Author BoxsterVino
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.724%
Tasted On 09/02/2012
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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.363%
Tasted On 10/15/2011
Drink Dates 2006-2015

Relatively big and full-bodied for a 15-year-old, this showed earthy cassis, blackberries and plums framed by fine-grained, almost completely integrated tannins, balanced acidity and an iron undertow. I was hoping for some of the minty-eucalyptus character for which this vineyard is known, but alas, it wasn't there. This was one of the California red wines in the famous Paris Tasting of 1976, in which a panel of French judges chose a Cali red and a Cali white over their own French wines in a blind tasting. It's one of the Golden State's first great wines, and this bottle lived up to its reputation.

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Author Lulu SF
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.588%
Tasted On 08/01/2011
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Author David Schur
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/23/2010
Drink Dates 2010

Glad I waited for a special occasion. Simply a wonderful bottle of wine. Probably the perfect time to drink it, all tannins were gone, and it was just velvety smooth. A bit of fruit, long legs, but actually not jammy or thick in any way

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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.813%
Tasted On 11/26/2010
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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 08/20/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2015

Garnet in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Spicy, leather,Smokey, Carnation. Full bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish. Terrific finesse and just beginning to come into its own

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