Heitz Cellar

Anniversary Vintage Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.740 ratings
9.618 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Ludovic Anacleto

Almost perfect but perfection does not exist.
What is striking here is how balance and integrated and youthful this wine is. Had it twice and I cannot see this wine going down. This is the equivalent of Mouton 82 for California. It’s muscular, right, beautifully crafted, oak is integrated, tannins are sublime, beautiful cassis cream, and blonde tobacco. Eucalyptus, tobacco, peppermint are flagrant on the nose .
This is monumental.
One of the very best wines I’ve ever had. BRAVO!
#wine #california #heitzwinecellars #1974
#napahistory #napa #magic

Almost perfect but perfection does not exist.
What is striking here is how balance and integrated and youthful this wine is. Had it twice and I cannot see this wine going down. This is the equivalent of Mouton 82 for California. It’s muscular, right, beautifully crafted, oak is integrated, tannins are sublime, beautiful cassis cream, and blonde tobacco. Eucalyptus, tobacco, peppermint are flagrant on the nose .
This is monumental.
One of the very best wines I’ve ever had. BRAVO!
#wine #california #heitzwinecellars #1974
#napahistory #napa #magic

Apr 11th, 2018
Mike R
9.7

74 was the best of the best

74 was the best of the best

Nov 14th, 2017
Mike R
9.8

1974 was the best of the best

1974 was the best of the best

Nov 14th, 2017
Bill Bender

The legendary ‘74 Heitz Martha’s from Magnum in the wine cellar room at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC. This delivered on the promise of the advance publicity I’ve heard for years. I recall reading an article about the ‘74 years ago that said this was the first vintage that David Heitz was the main winemaker. Joe had back surgery and was even hospitalized at some point so David would bring samples to his bedside and get advice. Each and every thing you enjoy about this unique winery is in this bottle. Eucalyptus, tobacco, mint, herb, cherry and tart rhubarb pie, menthol, cedar and forest floor. Still dynamic and spirited at 40+ years. A remarkable, rare treat.

The photo above the bottle shows the color variation between the ‘74 (left) and the ‘70 (right) and those hues were indicative of the wines themselves. The ‘74 was energetic with silky red fruit, the ‘70 more brooding and chewy.

The legendary ‘74 Heitz Martha’s from Magnum in the wine cellar room at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC. This delivered on the promise of the advance publicity I’ve heard for years. I recall reading an article about the ‘74 years ago that said this was the first vintage that David Heitz was the main winemaker. Joe had back surgery and was even hospitalized at some point so David would bring samples to his bedside and get advice. Each and every thing you enjoy about this unique winery is in this bottle. Eucalyptus, tobacco, mint, herb, cherry and tart rhubarb pie, menthol, cedar and forest floor. Still dynamic and spirited at 40+ years. A remarkable, rare treat.

The photo above the bottle shows the color variation between the ‘74 (left) and the ‘70 (right) and those hues were indicative of the wines themselves. The ‘74 was energetic with silky red fruit, the ‘70 more brooding and chewy.

Nov 11th, 2017
Michael Madrigale

Sommelier/Wine Director Bar Boulud, Epicerie Boulud, Boulud Sud

9.5

Martha my dear

Martha my dear

1 person found it helpfulJun 23rd, 2014
Matt Duncan

Matt had this 6 years ago

Matt had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulApr 4th, 2014
Jimmy Hayes

Estate Director Mayacamas Vineyard

9.8

Such a grateful recipient of the generosity of my host here.. Hadn't had this in a few years, but I'd say after revisiting last night, it remains the finest California wine I've had. This bottle showed a bit soft right out of the gate, but it became incredibly expanded and powerful with air - the fruit sweetened up and the herbal notes were amazingly intense and pungent. Texturally like thick velvet. A legend for a reason. Hard to say how much life left, but definitely not going anywhere for a while - solid as a rock in the glass for 2 hours. #amazing

Such a grateful recipient of the generosity of my host here.. Hadn't had this in a few years, but I'd say after revisiting last night, it remains the finest California wine I've had. This bottle showed a bit soft right out of the gate, but it became incredibly expanded and powerful with air - the fruit sweetened up and the herbal notes were amazingly intense and pungent. Texturally like thick velvet. A legend for a reason. Hard to say how much life left, but definitely not going anywhere for a while - solid as a rock in the glass for 2 hours. #amazing

Mar 18th, 2015
Bryan Lipa

As good as I have always hoped! Amazing fruit, such great complexity, and perfect balance...

As good as I have always hoped! Amazing fruit, such great complexity, and perfect balance...

Nov 13th, 2014
Daniel Ricciato

1974. Wine of the night. Sprawling.

1974. Wine of the night. Sprawling.

Nov 9th, 2014
Scott Becker

1974

1974

Nov 7th, 2014