1978 is justly renowned as a legendary vintage for Martha's Vineyard, and the wine certainly doesn't disappoint. A bouquet of sweet cassis, loamy soil, tobacco leaf, redcurrant and plum fruit is complemented by the Martha's Vineyard minty signature. On the palate there is impressive concentration and notably fresh acids. Decanting is strongly recommended. (WK)
This most recent bottle of 1978 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard was once again truly stunning, though sadly, this was my last bottle of this vintage of Martha’s in my cellar. But, what a great moment in its evolution to be drinking it! The bouquet is utterly classic, soaring from the glass in a stunning blend of red and black cherries, blood orange, mint, cigar smoke, a touch of allspice, gentle chipotle notes, a beautifully complex base of soil and a deft touch of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and utterly suave on the attack, with stunning mid-palate depth, seamless balance, bright acids and great length and grip on the focused and refined finish. While the 1978 is now into its peak plateau, this wine has decades and decades of great drinking still ahead of it! Just a great, great wine and a perfect example why so many people think of Martha’s Vineyard as one of California’s First Growths.
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