Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.248 ratings
9.411 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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

I’ve eyeballed this 05 over the last couple of years...thinking, I should drink this up. One thing about Heitz wines made by the Heitz family is they will age very well. We’ll see what happens to their wines now that they have been sold to corporate owners.

This 05 was pulled from my secondary cabinet storage; which means not EuroCave.

I spent three days sending 200 plus bottles to auction and rearranging my collection. So, this was standing free. Time to drink up, right? Nope. This still has another 5-7 years plus of good drinking ahead even if I laid it down in a dark closet with added humidity. I can, because I live in a cool climate. So, it would be just fine.

The nose reveals, ripe, still fresh fruits of; dark currants, blackberries & black raspberries. Black plum pudding, black cherries, baked strawberries and beautiful blue fruits that always come out nicely in older Heitz wines. Anise to black licorice, steeped dark fruit teas, purple & blue fruit liqueur/cola, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, touch of nutmeg, dark spice, dry & fresh herbs, mint, some soft leather & dry tobacco, graphite notes, dark, rich, black, earth with fresh & withering; dark, red, purple flowers with violets and hints of lavender.

The body is; full, ripe, lush and has beautiful texture. Velvety, dark, tarry, tannins. The tension, structure, length and balance are where I love them...just over the top of the bell curve. This is still so fresh. Dark currants, blackberries & black raspberries. Black plum pudding, black cherries, baked strawberries & rhubarb shine on the long open & palate set with beautiful blue fruits. Anise to black licorice, steeped dark fruit teas, purple & blue fruit liqueur/cola, red licorice, limestone minerals, river stone, crushed rocks, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, touch of nutmeg, dark spice with just the right amount of palate heat, dry & fresh herbs, mint, some soft leather & dry tobacco, graphite notes, dark, rich, black, earth with fresh & withering; brilliant, dark, red, purple flowers with violets and hints of lavender. The acidity is round and perfect. The long finish is; very well balanced fruit & earth, rich, lush, ripe, elegant, delicious and dances on the palate with long persistence.

It’s a steal today considering I paid $29 in 07/08. Delectable tracks it at $130. Beautiful wine tonight.

Photos of; their tasting bar on Hwy 29, sign and tasting room vines in Saint Helena, tasting room building and sitting area just outside their tasting room.

I’ve eyeballed this 05 over the last couple of years...thinking, I should drink this up. One thing about Heitz wines made by the Heitz family is they will age very well. We’ll see what happens to their wines now that they have been sold to corporate owners.

This 05 was pulled from my secondary cabinet storage; which means not EuroCave.

I spent three days sending 200 plus bottles to auction and rearranging my collection. So, this was standing free. Time to drink up, right? Nope. This still has another 5-7 years plus of good drinking ahead even if I laid it down in a dark closet with added humidity. I can, because I live in a cool climate. So, it would be just fine.

The nose reveals, ripe, still fresh fruits of; dark currants, blackberries & black raspberries. Black plum pudding, black cherries, baked strawberries and beautiful blue fruits that always come out nicely in older Heitz wines. Anise to black licorice, steeped dark fruit teas, purple & blue fruit liqueur/cola, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, touch of nutmeg, dark spice, dry & fresh herbs, mint, some soft leather & dry tobacco, graphite notes, dark, rich, black, earth with fresh & withering; dark, red, purple flowers with violets and hints of lavender.

The body is; full, ripe, lush and has beautiful texture. Velvety, dark, tarry, tannins. The tension, structure, length and balance are where I love them...just over the top of the bell curve. This is still so fresh. Dark currants, blackberries & black raspberries. Black plum pudding, black cherries, baked strawberries & rhubarb shine on the long open & palate set with beautiful blue fruits. Anise to black licorice, steeped dark fruit teas, purple & blue fruit liqueur/cola, red licorice, limestone minerals, river stone, crushed rocks, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, touch of nutmeg, dark spice with just the right amount of palate heat, dry & fresh herbs, mint, some soft leather & dry tobacco, graphite notes, dark, rich, black, earth with fresh & withering; brilliant, dark, red, purple flowers with violets and hints of lavender. The acidity is round and perfect. The long finish is; very well balanced fruit & earth, rich, lush, ripe, elegant, delicious and dances on the palate with long persistence.

It’s a steal today considering I paid $29 in 07/08. Delectable tracks it at $130. Beautiful wine tonight.

Photos of; their tasting bar on Hwy 29, sign and tasting room vines in Saint Helena, tasting room building and sitting area just outside their tasting room.

Sep 28th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Nearly 12 years later and I'm smiling with near laughter as to how good the 05 is tonight vs. the price I paid for this in 07/08. I think around $28. The wine is singing. The nose is macerated sour dark and mid red fruit with dry dark perfumed florals. The fruits on the palate are; dark cherries, cherries, ripe blackberries, black raspberries, huckleberries, pouched strawberries, ripe/juicy spiced black plum and are ridiculously elegant & beautiful. Followed by; soft spice-box, caramel, vanilla, black cherry cola, sweetened black tea, rich, semi-sweet black earth w/wet crushed rocks, brambly, relaxed volcanic minerals, a puff of smokiness, suede soft leather, violets & wild dark florals. The balance is perfect as is the length. The structure and tannins are perfectly resolved and the acidity pours over the palate. The finish is elegant and delicate. It's right around it's peak. Such a steal when you hold a well made $28 wine and nearly 12 years later it's better than a $75-$100 bought today and enjoyed within its first 5 years. The take away is you don't always need to spend $100 plus on a bottle of wine for it to be good. You just need to exercise some patience. 👍

Nearly 12 years later and I'm smiling with near laughter as to how good the 05 is tonight vs. the price I paid for this in 07/08. I think around $28. The wine is singing. The nose is macerated sour dark and mid red fruit with dry dark perfumed florals. The fruits on the palate are; dark cherries, cherries, ripe blackberries, black raspberries, huckleberries, pouched strawberries, ripe/juicy spiced black plum and are ridiculously elegant & beautiful. Followed by; soft spice-box, caramel, vanilla, black cherry cola, sweetened black tea, rich, semi-sweet black earth w/wet crushed rocks, brambly, relaxed volcanic minerals, a puff of smokiness, suede soft leather, violets & wild dark florals. The balance is perfect as is the length. The structure and tannins are perfectly resolved and the acidity pours over the palate. The finish is elegant and delicate. It's right around it's peak. Such a steal when you hold a well made $28 wine and nearly 12 years later it's better than a $75-$100 bought today and enjoyed within its first 5 years. The take away is you don't always need to spend $100 plus on a bottle of wine for it to be good. You just need to exercise some patience. 👍

Mar 11th, 2017
Jay Christianson

Winemaker Canyon Wind and Anemoi

9.2

A distillation of what Napa Cab is in many ways. Big, fruitful, structured, probably still too young. Just dang good. Nothing leaping out and overpowering anything else. That alone gains .2 above 9. Showing intelligent restraint is the hallmark of brilliant winemaking.

A distillation of what Napa Cab is in many ways. Big, fruitful, structured, probably still too young. Just dang good. Nothing leaping out and overpowering anything else. That alone gains .2 above 9. Showing intelligent restraint is the hallmark of brilliant winemaking.

Aug 13th, 2016
Nancy Brazil

Aromas of boysenberries, plums and spice. Same flavors plus cedar, leather and earth. Smooth tannins. This wine tastes amazing now, but will still get better. Wish I had another bottle to drink in another year or two.

Aromas of boysenberries, plums and spice. Same flavors plus cedar, leather and earth. Smooth tannins. This wine tastes amazing now, but will still get better. Wish I had another bottle to drink in another year or two.

Nov 23rd, 2013
Peter Bourget

Rich dark fruit, leather. Light smooth tannins. Great now and could last many more years.

Rich dark fruit, leather. Light smooth tannins. Great now and could last many more years.

Nov 23rd, 2013
Michael Govan

tasted with Suzanne Booth 5/31/19

tasted with Suzanne Booth 5/31/19

Jun 1st, 2019
Phil Castellano

Heitz regular label. Fabulous vintage. Stock up if you can find them.

Heitz regular label. Fabulous vintage. Stock up if you can find them.

May 9th, 2017
Brian Stumpo

Decant it, then give it at least 45 minutes, it will not disappoint. Rich in the mouth and finishes smooth.

Decant it, then give it at least 45 minutes, it will not disappoint. Rich in the mouth and finishes smooth.

Nov 24th, 2016
Zac Cooper

New years 2015

New years 2015

Feb 2nd, 2016
Brenden Hexberg

Fruity bouquet. The vintage shows nicely with notes of blackberry and rich tannins. Pairing with rib-eye was an obvious must. Drinks great now and confident another 5-10 years would take nicely.

Fruity bouquet. The vintage shows nicely with notes of blackberry and rich tannins. Pairing with rib-eye was an obvious must. Drinks great now and confident another 5-10 years would take nicely.

May 3rd, 2015