Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.198 ratings
9.111 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
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
Sean Genn

Heitz decided not to make any Martha's Vineyard or Trailside Vineyard designated wines in the 2011. Instead they put those grapes into their Napa Valley Cuvee and the Quality really shows. Gorgeous cassis and herbal eucalyptus notes. This goes to show that great Cabs were still produced in 2011.

Heitz decided not to make any Martha's Vineyard or Trailside Vineyard designated wines in the 2011. Instead they put those grapes into their Napa Valley Cuvee and the Quality really shows. Gorgeous cassis and herbal eucalyptus notes. This goes to show that great Cabs were still produced in 2011.

2 people found it helpfulOct 7th, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.7

Not their best. It's simply a product of a very cool vintage in Napa. It's soft and smooth but showing baked green bell pepper; which is not typical for Heitz in my experience. It's a drink now and over the next 3-5 years. Soft mid dark and light red fruits, sweet spice, star anise, sweet leather, burnt ambers and very soft sweet minerals & earth. Finishes lean but smooth. Green bell pepper fades after an hour in the decanter. Rating moves up to 8.8 or 8.9 after an hour decant.

Not their best. It's simply a product of a very cool vintage in Napa. It's soft and smooth but showing baked green bell pepper; which is not typical for Heitz in my experience. It's a drink now and over the next 3-5 years. Soft mid dark and light red fruits, sweet spice, star anise, sweet leather, burnt ambers and very soft sweet minerals & earth. Finishes lean but smooth. Green bell pepper fades after an hour in the decanter. Rating moves up to 8.8 or 8.9 after an hour decant.

Jun 18th, 2016
Marie Keep

Director of Fine Wines Skinner

9.0

Frrsh and vibrantly fragrant. Meadowy loveliness.

Frrsh and vibrantly fragrant. Meadowy loveliness.

May 19th, 2016
Manou Chahmirzadi

Lots of dark deep rich fruit with strong tannins. Needs time but I wanted a treat!!

Lots of dark deep rich fruit with strong tannins. Needs time but I wanted a treat!!

Apr 27th, 2016
Eric Crane

Sommelier & Educator Empire Wine Distributors

9.5

2011 Trailside

2011 Trailside

Sep 23rd, 2014
Shane Rische

Napa is generally not my jam, but this wine played well. Absolutely has that big Napa character, but not over the top to the point where drinking it becomes a chore.

Napa is generally not my jam, but this wine played well. Absolutely has that big Napa character, but not over the top to the point where drinking it becomes a chore.

Apr 5th, 2020
Brett Rogosin

It’s been open about 3 days and airing about 4 hours in the bottle. The nose is musky barnyard with wet oak, damp forest floor, wet leather and dark red fruit. There’s still some chalky tannins with acidity that rushes down the sides of your mouth and tongue. The red fruit carries forward, but more underripe with skins intact. It’s cleaner on the palate with a bit of damp cellar and dry earth, with notes of leather and red plum skin. The red plum and leather hang on into the finish. It’s a solid showing that I’d like to see where it develops over the next 3-5 years.

It’s been open about 3 days and airing about 4 hours in the bottle. The nose is musky barnyard with wet oak, damp forest floor, wet leather and dark red fruit. There’s still some chalky tannins with acidity that rushes down the sides of your mouth and tongue. The red fruit carries forward, but more underripe with skins intact. It’s cleaner on the palate with a bit of damp cellar and dry earth, with notes of leather and red plum skin. The red plum and leather hang on into the finish. It’s a solid showing that I’d like to see where it develops over the next 3-5 years.

Feb 23rd, 2020
Jamie McCreary

Shared with Amy Spainhower.

Shared with Amy Spainhower.

Mar 11th, 2017
Kelly Ann

Smooth and easy to drink with friends

Smooth and easy to drink with friends

Feb 28th, 2017