1974 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (very high shoulder fill) SKU #900389


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96 Points John Gilman: "I have had the good fortune to taste the 1974 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard on a number of occasions over the years, and this wine has always been outstanding. When I first crossed paths with this wine back in the late 1980s, it was so marked by its mintiness and eucalyptus tones as to be immediately identifiable in blind tastings. However, as the years have gone by, the wine has gained nuance and complexity, and is now a stunning aromatic package of eucalyptus, cherries, spit-roasted venison, coffee, earth and vanillin oak. There was just a whiff of volatile acidity in this particular bottle that elevates the aromatics and adds to the complexity. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and heroically proportioned, with great inner mouth complexity for a California cabernet, a lush core of fruit, and tremendous length and grip on the very long, meltingly tannic and complex finish. I would be very surprised to not still see the ’74 Martha’s Vineyard still drinking well twenty years from now. A brilliant wine. 2004-2020+." (Tasted 2004: "Celebrating Fifty Years of Napa Valley Excellence," The View from the Cellar, Heitz Wine Cellars 6/2011. pg 33-34.)


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