A small family-owned estate in St. Helena, Napa Valley,dating back to the 1800s, with formal gardens, pre-prohibition buildings and 40-acre, organically farmed estate making very limited quantities of Sauv Blanc and Cab Sauvignon. Deep aromas of dark fruits and intense spice. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Blackberry and blueberry flavors, currents and cassis, pepper, leather and cacao, complex. Perfect structure, lingering with mineral spice. Wow! Tasting Sample. — 3 years ago
Now we are cooking on gas! This has an opulent class to it, nuanced, sweet red and black berry fruits, sweet black olive, some floral notes, such class & breed, a pleasure to smell though I'm sure this will open further in future.
In the mouth this has balance and poise, beautiful fruit filled acidity and soft tannins with an undeniable class with a wave of minerality coming through on the finish. An outstanding wine that should only develope more intensity with further age. — 5 years ago
Very young - this is wine for the cellar. Dark spice, hints of green herbs. The nose is like walking into a Chinese herb shop. Crushed chalk. Plum skins. Texture is very smooth with deep hints of baking chocolate dusting. This is quite the thoroughbred Cabernet: Elegant, Pure, Pristine, and Powerful. $175 at winery. — 4 years ago
I just absolutely love Heitz. So beautiful, elegant, and feminine with a nose chalk full of mint, eucalyptus, dried garden herbs, fresh dark fruits, graphite/asphalt and mild undertones of coffee. Straight out of the gate on the palate tart cherries, blackberries, and earthy underbrush. — 2 years ago
Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2013: from Jay. Initial thoughts/impressions from a brief tasting conducted this afternoon. Deep ruby colour. Dark fruits, cedar tobacco box wrapper and brown spice dominate a delightful nose with a hint of torrefaction. The wine has a subtle attack across the palate but then builds across the mid palate. This is not the dense and intense super Tuscan style we have often seen over the last 20 odd years but a more nuanced wine with tannins which, at this stage, are far greater along in their path to integration. There is certainly a feeling of balance here. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. 94/100. Drink 2020 to 2040. — 4 years ago