Heitz Cellar

Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3789 ratings
9.2147 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

9.5

Stupidly; elegant, beautiful, complex and such a steal at $69.99

The nose reveals, gummy, ripe, floral; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries, black plum, raspberries, touch of blueberries, mulberries & boysenberries. Fruit cola melody, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, dark spice, softly layered; clove, nutmeg, understated cinnamon & vanilla, anise, steeped black, fruit tea, bay leaf, sage, mint, dry crushed rocks, limestone, dry twig, volcanic, dry clay, dry top soil, forest floor, mushrooms, anise, graphite, fresh & dry tobacco with candied, brightly floral, fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue flowers framed in mixed; wild, greens and fields of lavender.

The body is elegantly, round, velvety, ruby & creamy. The tension, structure, length and balance are at their high point. It glides beautifully with juicy fruits. This is a gleaming example of why I love well aged & stored Heitz. Gummy, ripe, floral; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, raspberries, touch of blueberries, mulberries & boysenberries, dry pomegranate & cranberries with dark raisins, dates & a little fig. Dark fruit melody cola, touch of bandaid/VA, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, dark spice, dark expresso roast, softly layered; clove, nutmeg, understated cinnamon & vanilla, anise, steeped black, fruit tea, bay leaf, sage, mint, dry crushed rocks, limestone, dry twig, volcanic minerals, dry clay, dry top soil, forest floor, mushrooms, anise, graphite, fresh & dry tobacco with candied, brightly floral, fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue flowers framed in mixed; wild, greens and fields of lavender. It’s has perfect round, warm, rain shower acidity. The finish is everything I look for in an aged, Napa Cabernet. The 97 Trailside has flushed out into a dark, incredibly well knitted, triple balanced in fruit, earth & herbs, yielding into dark spice with a little palate heat on the long set & persists longer than minutes.

The 1997 still has 10–15 years of good drinking ahead. Properly stored of course.

Photo of; Heitz Winery, old oak wood vats, old school basket press and tasting room signage & vines.

Stupidly; elegant, beautiful, complex and such a steal at $69.99

The nose reveals, gummy, ripe, floral; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries, black plum, raspberries, touch of blueberries, mulberries & boysenberries. Fruit cola melody, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, dark spice, softly layered; clove, nutmeg, understated cinnamon & vanilla, anise, steeped black, fruit tea, bay leaf, sage, mint, dry crushed rocks, limestone, dry twig, volcanic, dry clay, dry top soil, forest floor, mushrooms, anise, graphite, fresh & dry tobacco with candied, brightly floral, fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue flowers framed in mixed; wild, greens and fields of lavender.

The body is elegantly, round, velvety, ruby & creamy. The tension, structure, length and balance are at their high point. It glides beautifully with juicy fruits. This is a gleaming example of why I love well aged & stored Heitz. Gummy, ripe, floral; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, raspberries, touch of blueberries, mulberries & boysenberries, dry pomegranate & cranberries with dark raisins, dates & a little fig. Dark fruit melody cola, touch of bandaid/VA, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, dark spice, dark expresso roast, softly layered; clove, nutmeg, understated cinnamon & vanilla, anise, steeped black, fruit tea, bay leaf, sage, mint, dry crushed rocks, limestone, dry twig, volcanic minerals, dry clay, dry top soil, forest floor, mushrooms, anise, graphite, fresh & dry tobacco with candied, brightly floral, fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue flowers framed in mixed; wild, greens and fields of lavender. It’s has perfect round, warm, rain shower acidity. The finish is everything I look for in an aged, Napa Cabernet. The 97 Trailside has flushed out into a dark, incredibly well knitted, triple balanced in fruit, earth & herbs, yielding into dark spice with a little palate heat on the long set & persists longer than minutes.

The 1997 still has 10–15 years of good drinking ahead. Properly stored of course.

Photo of; Heitz Winery, old oak wood vats, old school basket press and tasting room signage & vines.

May 2nd, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

This vineyard has been part of the Heitz estate since 1984, one of their three single vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 4 years in 100% new French Limousin oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruits with rustic spices. On the palate, raspberry, black cherry and blackberry flavors with vanilla, tobacco, tomato leaf and licorice notes. Full-body, fine soft tannins, long finish, nicely integrated, balanced with acidity ending with sweet earthy, nutty character. Very Nice! Tasting Sample!

This vineyard has been part of the Heitz estate since 1984, one of their three single vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 4 years in 100% new French Limousin oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruits with rustic spices. On the palate, raspberry, black cherry and blackberry flavors with vanilla, tobacco, tomato leaf and licorice notes. Full-body, fine soft tannins, long finish, nicely integrated, balanced with acidity ending with sweet earthy, nutty character. Very Nice! Tasting Sample!

Nov 23rd, 2019
Paco Suro

Wait for it... Still opening up. Tobacco, leather, and ripe blackberries. I would suggest another 5 years before it is in the zone. You know when it is 17 years old.

Wait for it... Still opening up. Tobacco, leather, and ripe blackberries. I would suggest another 5 years before it is in the zone. You know when it is 17 years old.

Jun 10th, 2018
Sean Genn

Still bright and showing some cassis, blackberry, dried herbs and graphite. This is aging very well.

Still bright and showing some cassis, blackberry, dried herbs and graphite. This is aging very well.

Mar 29th, 2018
Charlie Evans

Trailside is an incredible value

Trailside is an incredible value

Jan 18th, 2018
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.0

Nice bottle development.

Nice bottle development.

Jan 8th, 2018
Lee Pitofsky

Firm but still velvety tannins with hint of vanilla, lovely notes of black cherries, blackberry, cocoa and cassis

Firm but still velvety tannins with hint of vanilla, lovely notes of black cherries, blackberry, cocoa and cassis

Dec 16th, 2017
Skye LaTorre

Sommelier The Meatball Shop

9.2

Bottled September 1995

Bottled September 1995

Dec 8th, 2017
Rebecca Fletcher

Classic! Lean and balanced.

Classic! Lean and balanced.

Nov 22nd, 2017
Mick Eddy

1988, Love the age on this cab. Drinking perfectly today

1988, Love the age on this cab. Drinking perfectly today

Sep 30th, 2017