1997 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • AG 95
  • WS 93
  • WA 90

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AG 95
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, October 2015
A deep, intense wine, the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard is rich and beautifully layered, with sweeping stature. Dark red cherry, crushed flowers, mint and spice fill out in the glass. At eighteen years of age... A deep, intense wine, the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard is rich and beautifully layered, with sweeping stature. Dark red cherry, crushed flowers, mint and spice fill out in the glass. At eighteen years of age, the 1997 tastes more like a ten year-old wine! There is no shortage of personality here, but readers need to give the 1997 at least another few years to allow some of the baby fat to melt off. This incredibly youthful Cabernet Sauvignon will drink well for another few decades.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2002
A dark dense richly flavored wine with tiers of currant mint blackberry sage and mineral. Packs in lots of stuffing while maintaining a sense of fine balance and elegance. Long and persistent flavors on the finish with... A dark dense richly flavored wine with tiers of currant mint blackberry sage and mineral. Packs in lots of stuffing while maintaining a sense of fine balance and elegance. Long and persistent flavors on the finish with firm yet well-integrated tannins. Could be a long-ager. Honoring its late winemaker and founder Joe Heitz this is a fairly dramatic youngster made from young vines. No shyness on the price; longtime collectors would do well to check this one out. Best from 2004 through 2014. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 5620 cases made. (JL)
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2002
This wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet tannin and copious black currant fruit intermixed with soil undertones and licorice. The wine is medium to full-bodied pure ripe and nicely-textured with a... This wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet tannin and copious black currant fruit intermixed with soil undertones and licorice. The wine is medium to full-bodied pure ripe and nicely-textured with a long finish...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1997

Winery

Heitz

Heitz Wine Cellars is located in the eastern hills of Napa Valley’s St. Helena. The original winery was founded by Joe and Alice Heitz in 1961. They purchased their first vineyard, 8 acres, just south of St. Helena that was mostly planted with Grignolino. In 1964 , they acquired their 160-acre ranch and winery in Spring Valley where Joe focused on Cabernet Sauvignon. The following year they made a serendipitous connection with Tom and Martha May who owned the famous Martha’s Vineyard.

After a handshake deal firm enough to last decades and a single harvest of the May’s remarkable Cabernet grapes, Joe and Alice Heitz gained exclusive lease on Martha’s Vineyard. In 1966, Joe crafted the first Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - a wine so remarkable that the two families decided to add a vineyard designation to the Heitz Cellars' label, initiating that concept in the Napa Valley.

Heitz has expanded their agricultural operations to encompass 1,100 acres of vineyards located throughout Napa Valley's finest winemaking appellations and has planted grapes on 425 of those acres. Their portfolio of wines included not only their signature Cabernets, but also Chardonnay, Zinfandel and their inherited specialty, Grignolino.

Amidst the myriad of wines being swirled in the Napa Valley today, the legacy of Joe and Alice Heitz continues to stand out. Second generation Kathleen Heitz Myers and David Heitz are now at the helm as president and winemaker. Both have been instrumental in the development of Heitz Cellars' reputation for excellence since the 1970s.