Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.11674 ratings
9.1189 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
Tobin Trevarthen

Dark ruby red, dirt road meets black fruit and a bit o dark chocolate. Medium Tannins, lingering finish.

Dark ruby red, dirt road meets black fruit and a bit o dark chocolate. Medium Tannins, lingering finish.

Sep 30th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

As I evaluate my wine purchases over time, I consider; quality, pleasure and the price of the bottle of wine. Specifically, how good is the wine vs. the price and others that I’ve had that are certainly better wines but cost over $70-$500 more? In this case, are they worth 3 to 14 times more money? I find the answer more often than not, no. I feel this way about the Heitz & Joseph Phelps regular Napa wines over their higher priced wines for sure. And, many other high end producers. This wine was under $35 and it’s delicious without having reached its peak.

On the nose, stewed; blueberries & black plum, strawberries, ripe black raspberries & dark cherries. Black cherry cola, black licorice, limestone minerals, vanilla, cinnamon, light clove & nutmeg, dark rich soil, understated mint with red, dark & blue florals.

The body is medium full, rich and elegant. The tannins are round, fine and nicely resolved. It’s seamless wire to wire. The structure, tension, length and balance are starting to really jell. stewed, ripe; blueberries & black plum, strawberries, ripe black raspberries, creamy raspberries & dark cherries. Black cherry cola, black licorice, limestone minerals, vanilla, cinnamon, light clove & nutmeg, dark spice, dry stems, used leather, tobacco leaf, graphite, touch of mocha & caramel, dark rich soil, understated mint with red, dark & blue florals. The acidity is near perfect. The finish is beautiful and last minutes. Still a lot of life in the 08...another 10 years plus.

Photos of; the side of their tasting room, transiting Winemaker David Heitz. Still disappointed a Napa pioneering family sold to a corporation. Tasting room terrace, old school basket press and a wide shot of the winery & Estate vines.

As I evaluate my wine purchases over time, I consider; quality, pleasure and the price of the bottle of wine. Specifically, how good is the wine vs. the price and others that I’ve had that are certainly better wines but cost over $70-$500 more? In this case, are they worth 3 to 14 times more money? I find the answer more often than not, no. I feel this way about the Heitz & Joseph Phelps regular Napa wines over their higher priced wines for sure. And, many other high end producers. This wine was under $35 and it’s delicious without having reached its peak.

On the nose, stewed; blueberries & black plum, strawberries, ripe black raspberries & dark cherries. Black cherry cola, black licorice, limestone minerals, vanilla, cinnamon, light clove & nutmeg, dark rich soil, understated mint with red, dark & blue florals.

The body is medium full, rich and elegant. The tannins are round, fine and nicely resolved. It’s seamless wire to wire. The structure, tension, length and balance are starting to really jell. stewed, ripe; blueberries & black plum, strawberries, ripe black raspberries, creamy raspberries & dark cherries. Black cherry cola, black licorice, limestone minerals, vanilla, cinnamon, light clove & nutmeg, dark spice, dry stems, used leather, tobacco leaf, graphite, touch of mocha & caramel, dark rich soil, understated mint with red, dark & blue florals. The acidity is near perfect. The finish is beautiful and last minutes. Still a lot of life in the 08...another 10 years plus.

Photos of; the side of their tasting room, transiting Winemaker David Heitz. Still disappointed a Napa pioneering family sold to a corporation. Tasting room terrace, old school basket press and a wide shot of the winery & Estate vines.

Sep 30th, 2018
TJ Maxwell

1968 Vintage still drinking well. Dusty and slightly herbal (mint and eucalyptus). Classic style Napa

1968 Vintage still drinking well. Dusty and slightly herbal (mint and eucalyptus). Classic style Napa

Dec 18th, 2017
Aaron Means

Rich red syrupy fruits, plum, earth, and whispers of mint on the end.

Rich red syrupy fruits, plum, earth, and whispers of mint on the end.

Oct 4th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Off the reserve wine list at Pursuit Wine Bar on H Street for $83.00. Deep and dark ruby red. Layered nose with mushrooms, dark spices, a touch green, herbal, black currants and plums. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium to medium plus bodied. Really enjoy the kick of nutmeg on the palate with layers of blackberries, cassis, dark spices, crushed gravel and forest floor. Long finish and well rounded. Very surprised, got better with some air time. Drink till 2023.

Off the reserve wine list at Pursuit Wine Bar on H Street for $83.00. Deep and dark ruby red. Layered nose with mushrooms, dark spices, a touch green, herbal, black currants and plums. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium to medium plus bodied. Really enjoy the kick of nutmeg on the palate with layers of blackberries, cassis, dark spices, crushed gravel and forest floor. Long finish and well rounded. Very surprised, got better with some air time. Drink till 2023.

Oct 1st, 2017
Mike R
9.3

Big bold beautiful- old school Napa classic - 2 hour decant then BOOM - started a little harsh with a string mineral aftertaste but it is still young - tannins are really polished now - this baby brings with it a great deal of satisfaction with an abundance of taste and great deep palette

Lovely wine and smiles all around

Big bold beautiful- old school Napa classic - 2 hour decant then BOOM - started a little harsh with a string mineral aftertaste but it is still young - tannins are really polished now - this baby brings with it a great deal of satisfaction with an abundance of taste and great deep palette

Lovely wine and smiles all around

Sep 30th, 2017
Rodney Rosser

Classic

Classic

Aug 8th, 2017
Jeramy Brown

1965 Vintage. Not to often you see this one, and it tasted great. Alcohol was low compared to today's standards and I can assume that's why it was still has structure. For me it was a great experience.

1965 Vintage. Not to often you see this one, and it tasted great. Alcohol was low compared to today's standards and I can assume that's why it was still has structure. For me it was a great experience.

5 people found it helpfulApr 18th, 2015
Sara Beer

Herbal notes of eucalyptus, lean fruit, wine will age well

Herbal notes of eucalyptus, lean fruit, wine will age well

3 people found it helpfulMar 19th, 2015
Morgan Harris

Head Sommelier Aureole New York

9.5

Super classic. Still restrained, but powerful. For the cellar or right now.

Super classic. Still restrained, but powerful. For the cellar or right now.

3 people found it helpfulJul 30th, 2014