1983 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) SKU #1331519


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In a retrospective tasting for a special article on Heitz Wine Cellars in 2011, John Gilman thought that the venerable 1983 Martha's still merited 91 points: "1983 was a very difficult year for North Coast Cabernets and the ’83 Martha’s Vineyard certainly shows a much 'cooler vintage' profile on both the nose and palate. The deep and complex bouquet offers up scents of cassis, chipotle peppers, cherries, a touch of cigar ash, lavender, mint and a lovely base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and just a touch sinewy, but with a lovely core of fruit, fine focus, impressive complexity and a very long, tangy and perfectly balanced finish. This is not a classic vintage of Martha’s Vineyard (it is much more black fruity in profile than most vintages), but it remains a beautiful bottle of Cabernet that is now fully mature and shows every indication of drinking at this high level for several decades to come. A very successful 1983. 2011-2040." ("Celebrating Fifty Years of Napa Valley Excellence," The View from the Cellar, 6/2011)


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