In the drought years of 1976 and 1977, the Heitz wines that I have tasted are some of the most brilliant examples to be found, and this is certainly true of the ’76 Martha’s Vineyard. This was the first time that I can recall tasting the 1976 and it is a beautiful bottle of wine that is now at its apogee. The deep and utterly brilliant nose soars from the glass in a complex and pure blend of cherries, blood orange, woodsmoke, mint, a touch of coffee, nutskins, cigar smoke and a wonderfully complex base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully transparent, with superb delineation and balance, fine mid-palate depth, melting tannins and stunning length and grip on the dancing finish. A great bottle that shows no signs of the more 'roasted' character evident in most Cabernets from this torrid vintage. (Drink between 2011-2030)
One of the ripest, richest Martha's Vineyard Cabernets, this wine is aging marvelously as the tannin has become less noticeable and the fruit more dominant. It reveals a deep, saturated, plum/purple color, and a huge, tell-tale, mint, cassis, and vanillin bouquet with vague earth and licorice notes. Exceptionally full-bodied, powerful, and chewy, with sensational extract, this concentrated 1976 has begun to strut its stuff. (RP)
Shows a healthy red garnet color. Strong aromas of mint and eucalyptus, with notes of dried red currant and earth, end up on the dry side, with a gritty edge. Yet this is deeply concentrated, and the flavors are focused, deep and persistent. A classy old Cabernet.--'76/'86 California Cabernet retrospective. (JL, Web Only—2007)
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