Heitz Cellar

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.31046 ratings
9.3325 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
Nick Apone

Lots of Eucalyptus.

Lots of Eucalyptus.

Jan 22nd, 2018
Charlie Evans

So youthful still

So youthful still

Jan 18th, 2018
Aaron Walters

1996 Vintage- Good lord. Dusty chocolate covered cherry, cedar, mint. Moderate acidity STILL. Phenomenal wine.

1996 Vintage- Good lord. Dusty chocolate covered cherry, cedar, mint. Moderate acidity STILL. Phenomenal wine.

Jan 6th, 2018
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.3

I can’t imagine drinking this wine at a better stage in its development. Definitely has retained its “old school” bona fides both in terms of quality and style. Though you’d be wrong to call it “green,” it has that eucalyptus-y herbaceous character in spades that harkens back to better days and is unmistakably Martha’s. The acid is firm and carries with it a nice mix of fairly youthful berry and currant flavors, while the tannins speak softly but carry a big stick. It is certainly a food wine and I dare say that what was on our plate was ideal - roasted beef tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms with a splash of Madeira, Sancerre-marinated asparagus, and potatoes mashed by an Irishman. Merry Christmas indeed.

I can’t imagine drinking this wine at a better stage in its development. Definitely has retained its “old school” bona fides both in terms of quality and style. Though you’d be wrong to call it “green,” it has that eucalyptus-y herbaceous character in spades that harkens back to better days and is unmistakably Martha’s. The acid is firm and carries with it a nice mix of fairly youthful berry and currant flavors, while the tannins speak softly but carry a big stick. It is certainly a food wine and I dare say that what was on our plate was ideal - roasted beef tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms with a splash of Madeira, Sancerre-marinated asparagus, and potatoes mashed by an Irishman. Merry Christmas indeed.

Dec 26th, 2017
Gordon Walker

Round soft plush cab with subtle integrated tannins and an amazing fruit profile.

Round soft plush cab with subtle integrated tannins and an amazing fruit profile.

Nov 28th, 2017
Greg Koslosky

A little tainted (mustiness) keeps it from being a great bottle.

A little tainted (mustiness) keeps it from being a great bottle.

Nov 21st, 2017
Aaron Means

Drinks soooo good right now. Can get better, but why not drink em now? Such a beautiful wine. Cherry, smoke, citrus, flowers, and that Martha's mint. Tannins definitely need some resolving but the fruit is wide open. Lithe, crunchy, feminine, it's so many things. Complex.

Drinks soooo good right now. Can get better, but why not drink em now? Such a beautiful wine. Cherry, smoke, citrus, flowers, and that Martha's mint. Tannins definitely need some resolving but the fruit is wide open. Lithe, crunchy, feminine, it's so many things. Complex.

Oct 4th, 2017
Jeff D.

From a magnum...for a '90 there seems to be no color progression on it at all, even at the edges. There is a minty, herbaceous note to it but it has great blackberry flavors and nice firm tannins on the finish. Really incredible how well this is holding up and an outstanding expression of Napa Valley Cab!

From a magnum...for a '90 there seems to be no color progression on it at all, even at the edges. There is a minty, herbaceous note to it but it has great blackberry flavors and nice firm tannins on the finish. Really incredible how well this is holding up and an outstanding expression of Napa Valley Cab!

Sep 16th, 2017
Greg Gregory

Spectacular showing for this wine Cigarbox, Cherrywood, hint of eucalyptus and a texture like silk. This was decanted for an hour before drinking and two hours later was still evolving.

Spectacular showing for this wine Cigarbox, Cherrywood, hint of eucalyptus and a texture like silk. This was decanted for an hour before drinking and two hours later was still evolving.

Aug 15th, 2017
Matt Duncan

Out of mag. Darker than I expected without the herbaceousness. Just in an adolescent phase. A stunner in the making.

Out of mag. Darker than I expected without the herbaceousness. Just in an adolescent phase. A stunner in the making.

Aug 12th, 2017