Opened up after a few hour decant, but still needed a marbled steak for balance. Deep dark blackberry pie, tobacco, evergreen needles, and uplifted cranberry. Well balanced with great purity of fruit and persistent length. American oak flavors surround both red and black forest berries. Still very youthful... definitely decant or cellar. — 9 days ago
Rich plum flavors surround my mouth with added cherry. The structure is complex but lovely when it finishes with coffee & hints of pistachio. — 5 months ago
Great wine for the price. At first sip doesn’t seem like much then the flavors surround your tongue. Very good. Burgers and wine. — 6 months ago
Visited them in Sonoma — 9 months ago
Like an elegant Pomerol, impeccable fruits concentration with a high definition, Dolby surround complexity. Fresh black fruits with a bunch of fresh strawberries and a very integrated spicy oak carpet luring in the background. Silencing texture on the palate with the finest of tannins and a long evolving finish. — 25 days ago
Starts out youthful and sappy. Opens nicely with air, showing a bouquet of violets, cedar, clove, vanilla, espresso, and dark cherry. Balanced well with bounding acidity leading to gentle yet persistent tannins. Dark forest berries surround a bright cherry core. Oak influence shows too, with appreciate depth. Great showing for a second label. Drink with decant or hold a year or two longer. — 3 months ago
I bought 3 or 4 bottles of the 06 Heitz Napa. I think this is my first bottle. I either have none or one left. Better gets notes tonight! I think I gave others away. What was I thinking? Wine is meant to be shared.
What is better than paying around $33 for a bottle of wine, forgetting about it for twelve years and having it blossom on your palate the way it is tonight? This is a prime example of two things; you don’t need to spend a hundred(s) for a really good bottle of wine and their is absolutely no substitution for appropriate cellaring time.
The nose reveals; steeped, dark fruit wading in fruits of ripe/ruby; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, baked, black plum & strawberries, hovering raspberries with pomegranate, light liqueur notes. Mild alcohol vapors, black licorice, sweet tarriness, mixed dark fruit cola/licorice, mid, dark spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla, saddle-wood, graphite, dark rich souls, forest floor with dry leaves, dry crushed rocks, dry twigs, tree sap, mint/eucalyptus, soft leather, dry tobacco with ruby, brilliant, fresh & withering, candied; dark, red, purple florals with a field of violets.
The body is, rich, ruby and creamy with fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, baked, black plum & strawberries, hovering raspberries with pomegranate that shows light liqueur notes. Mild alcohol vapors, black licorice, dark, steeped, black , assorted fruit teas, sweet tarriness, mixed dark fruit cola/licorice, mid, dark spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla, caramel, mocha, saddle-wood, graphite, savory grilled meats, dark rich souls, forest floor with dry leaves, moist clay & top soil, dry crushed rocks, dry twigs, tree sap, mint/eucalyptus, hints of Provence herbs, soft leather, dry tobacco with ruby, brilliant, fresh & withering, candied; dark, red, purple florals with a field of violets. The acidy is like a cool waterfall on a warm day. The beautiful, elegant, extremely well knitted balance is in the realm of “forget about it”. Sometimes the right wine, when it’s right, moves the entire body. Such as it is tonight.
The tension, structure, length and balance have just hit their high point and will remain there for another five years into a slow decline over the next 10-15 years, stored impeccably.
This might be the best Napa Heitz I’ve bought & stored. It’s stunning and way over delivering its price point. One complex wine!!!
Photos of; Heitz Winery, tasting bar, tasting room garden patio and the Hwy 29 signage for the tasting room with the valley floor vines that surround their tasting room. — 7 months ago
The nose has citrus, almond, and cotton candy notes. The palate has apricots, almonds, citrus, and buttery notes. Fantastic with shrimp, salmon, and The Black Panther on the projector in surround sound. #WakandaForever #RestInPowerChadwickBoseman #BlackPantherWatchParty — 2 months ago
At the Garcia’s. Great fruit and nose. Medium to a hair longer length. Tannins were very moderate and not as present as I would have thought — 5 months ago
We finished this off tonight as well. What began as a young bruiser full of firm tannins eventually opened into a beautifully finessed picture of elegance. Exotic spice & floral aromatics surround the fresh cherry notes here. Ethereal palate weight balanced the power here. Very nice. — 7 months ago