Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1340 ratings
9.030 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

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! 🎄🎅🤶⛄️❄️🎁🍷

On the nose, leap dark currants & cassis with bright red, dark, blue & purple florals at pop & pour. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherry kirsch, plum, mulberries, blueberries, poached & strawberries, black raspberries & raspberries. Black licorice, star anise, dark chocolate bar, volcanic & limestone, steeped fruit teas, dark cola, sweet tarry notes, black, rich, turned earth, mid, dark spices, cinnamon stick, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, barrel shavings with char, dry brush, leather, fresh tobacco, granite, some eucalyptus, mint notes, light, dry herbs with fresh & some withering red, dark, purple and blue, fresh and slightly candied florals.

The body is; round, ripe, & rich. The tension, structure, length and balance are just beginning their sweet spot. The tannins are; rounding, tarry & still chewy. Plenty of life left in the 09...8-10 years. Dark currants & cassis. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherry kirsch, plum, mulberries, blueberries, poached & strawberries, cherries, black raspberries & raspberries. Black licorice, star anise, dark chocolate bar, volcanic & limestone, dry, crushed rocks, dry stems, steeped fruit teas, dark cola, sweet tarry notes, black, rich, turned earth, mid, dark spices, cinnamon stick, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, barrel shavings with char, dry brush, leather, fresh tobacco, granite, some eucalyptus, mint notes, light, dry herbs with fresh & some withering red, dark, purple and blue, fresh and slightly candied florals. The acidity is round & spot on. The ripe, rich, ruby, elegant, balanced & polished finish is splendid and persists nicely on the palate with mid, dark spice on the long set. So much better with this much age. Really delicious tonight!

A steal now at under $35 upon release at Costco.

This wine is close to its peak and will hover there 3-4 years.

Photos of; the Estate, old large oak vats and David Heitz.

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! 🎄🎅🤶⛄️❄️🎁🍷

On the nose, leap dark currants & cassis with bright red, dark, blue & purple florals at pop & pour. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherry kirsch, plum, mulberries, blueberries, poached & strawberries, black raspberries & raspberries. Black licorice, star anise, dark chocolate bar, volcanic & limestone, steeped fruit teas, dark cola, sweet tarry notes, black, rich, turned earth, mid, dark spices, cinnamon stick, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, barrel shavings with char, dry brush, leather, fresh tobacco, granite, some eucalyptus, mint notes, light, dry herbs with fresh & some withering red, dark, purple and blue, fresh and slightly candied florals.

The body is; round, ripe, & rich. The tension, structure, length and balance are just beginning their sweet spot. The tannins are; rounding, tarry & still chewy. Plenty of life left in the 09...8-10 years. Dark currants & cassis. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherry kirsch, plum, mulberries, blueberries, poached & strawberries, cherries, black raspberries & raspberries. Black licorice, star anise, dark chocolate bar, volcanic & limestone, dry, crushed rocks, dry stems, steeped fruit teas, dark cola, sweet tarry notes, black, rich, turned earth, mid, dark spices, cinnamon stick, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, barrel shavings with char, dry brush, leather, fresh tobacco, granite, some eucalyptus, mint notes, light, dry herbs with fresh & some withering red, dark, purple and blue, fresh and slightly candied florals. The acidity is round & spot on. The ripe, rich, ruby, elegant, balanced & polished finish is splendid and persists nicely on the palate with mid, dark spice on the long set. So much better with this much age. Really delicious tonight!

A steal now at under $35 upon release at Costco.

This wine is close to its peak and will hover there 3-4 years.

Photos of; the Estate, old large oak vats and David Heitz.

Dec 24th, 2019
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
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.3

Impressive stuff; lovely old school aromatics highlighted by pan fried herbs, dusty tannins, nice acidity, pure cassis fruit and a great "Tuscan" feel. Truly well made and grafted to age gracefully.

Impressive stuff; lovely old school aromatics highlighted by pan fried herbs, dusty tannins, nice acidity, pure cassis fruit and a great "Tuscan" feel. Truly well made and grafted to age gracefully.

1 person found it helpfulJun 3rd, 2015
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

8.9

Perfectly mature for my palate. Could go longer, but why? Plenty of fruit, saddle leather.

Perfectly mature for my palate. Could go longer, but why? Plenty of fruit, saddle leather.

1 person found it helpfulMay 21st, 2015
Ashley Dubois

Don't know if it stands up to $220/btl but pretty stellar

Don't know if it stands up to $220/btl but pretty stellar

Mar 15th, 2015
Ryan Brazell

Rise Over Run

9.0

Very good, but almost in a South American kind of way. Sweet, ripe black fruit with pronounced savory (GREEN!) herbs. There's a good dose of acidity, but I still never would have guessed that they forgo malo.

Very good, but almost in a South American kind of way. Sweet, ripe black fruit with pronounced savory (GREEN!) herbs. There's a good dose of acidity, but I still never would have guessed that they forgo malo.

Mar 7th, 2015
Corin Hirsch

Like a boss...a boss with soft edges and a dark cherry core.

Like a boss...a boss with soft edges and a dark cherry core.

Jan 31st, 2015
Grant Simpson

Super complex, Bordeaux nose,mint, eucalyptus, wet earth, mushroom, dried fruit. Awesome!!!

Super complex, Bordeaux nose,mint, eucalyptus, wet earth, mushroom, dried fruit. Awesome!!!

Jan 1st, 2015
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.0

Really sings after a couple hours. Focused baked cherry fruit and savory herbs on the nose. Solid flesh with fresh acidity and mineral backbone, sweet tannins, leathery finish.

Really sings after a couple hours. Focused baked cherry fruit and savory herbs on the nose. Solid flesh with fresh acidity and mineral backbone, sweet tannins, leathery finish.

Dec 10th, 2014
Sofia Horvath

Nice balance of fruit and oak. Soft tannins. Vanilla.

Nice balance of fruit and oak. Soft tannins. Vanilla.

Oct 24th, 2014