Heitz "Lot MZ-1" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1321341

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Tasting Notes

A special nonvintage cuvée with a large portion of Cab from the infamous Martha's Vineyard. Notes from the winery: "This is another of those blended bottlings that included a substantial percentage of Martha’s Vineyard in the cuvée. The Lot MZ-1 was bottled in 1975, making it most likely a blend of either 1972 or 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon, along with the casks of Martha’s Vineyard from the 1971 vintage, as there was no Martha’s bottled on its own from this year. I have been fortunate enough to taste this very rare wine on two occasions in the last few months, with one a bit more fragile from a crumbly cork, but the pristine bottle showing beautifully. The note which follows of course comes from the better bottle. The Lot MZ-1 is currently drinking splendidly, as it soars from the glass in a refined mélange of cherries, eucalyptus, tobacco leaf, Rutherford dust and a nice touch of nutskins in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a fine core of fruit, just a whisper of tannin, lovely focus and outstanding length and grip on the complex finish. There is just a touch of volatile acidity in this particular bottle, but it is a very minor distraction from what is otherwise an absolutely delicious bottle at its apogee. The Martha’s Vineyard contribution here is very much in evidence. 2011-2030."

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