Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

$65

95 points                                                                      New release of an Napa Valley classic from Heitz Cellars. 95 Points Wine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice": "Woody, herbal and elegantly structured, this wine is high-toned and freshly layered in bold red fruit. Given time in the barrel and the bottle, it shows its graceful edges and nuanced elegance with ease, finishing in dusty crushed rock. It vastly overdelivers on its price point." One of the classic Napa Valley brands. Heitz has been at the top of their game for decades, and this latest vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is everything you've come to expect. Inviting aromatics of herb, bright red fruits, and violet. Moderate on the palate with layered black fruits, and graphite. This is a Napa Valley Cab drinks well above its price tag.

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

I understand why the Heitz Napa Cabernet doesn’t score higher upon release. It simply needs 10 years plus in bottle to excel. I usually don’t open these until they have been in bottle ten years. However, this was handy when Sofia wanted a glass with dinner twice this week. So, it needed to be finished after I coravined it. It’s ripe, jammy and lush now. Showing some Welches characteristics this early. Better things ahead. Juicy, somewhat syrupy fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plums, black raspberries & juicy strawberries. It’s still primary without much integration. Touch of cherry Luden’s, mid dark spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, lighter clove, vanilla, stones, dark, rich earth, tobacco notes, some graphite, shoe leather, sandstone with bright, red, dark, blue florals with violets over the top. Very good round acidity. The finish is still jammy & not fully balanced, elegant and persisting minutes. Shows promise in fruit, tannins and acidity. Hold another 5-8 years.

I understand why the Heitz Napa Cabernet doesn’t score higher upon release. It simply needs 10 years plus in bottle to excel. I usually don’t open these until they have been in bottle ten years. However, this was handy when Sofia wanted a glass with dinner twice this week. So, it needed to be finished after I coravined it. It’s ripe, jammy and lush now. Showing some Welches characteristics this early. Better things ahead. Juicy, somewhat syrupy fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plums, black raspberries & juicy strawberries. It’s still primary without much integration. Touch of cherry Luden’s, mid dark spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, lighter clove, vanilla, stones, dark, rich earth, tobacco notes, some graphite, shoe leather, sandstone with bright, red, dark, blue florals with violets over the top. Very good round acidity. The finish is still jammy & not fully balanced, elegant and persisting minutes. Shows promise in fruit, tannins and acidity. Hold another 5-8 years.

9.0

Tara Anbudaiyan

Delightful red, perfect with dinner.

Delightful red, perfect with dinner.

9.5

Jeff Orlowski

Meh. Have had far better and far worse. Nothing to get excited about.

Meh. Have had far better and far worse. Nothing to get excited about.

8.4

Ryan Haus

Medium garnet. Aromas of blackberries, red cherries, plum, black currant, mint, black licorice. Secondary aromas of cedar, chocolate, charred wood. Light tertiary aromas of leather and tobacco, prune and dried cherries. The flavor is amazing! Fruity and the secondary flavors of vanilla and charred wood really come through and balances beautifully with the primary fruit flavors. Medium+ tannins, high alcohol, medium+ acid. Well balanced and beautiful now (drinking 2015 in 2021), but will age really well. A wonderful example of Napa cab.

Medium garnet. Aromas of blackberries, red cherries, plum, black currant, mint, black licorice. Secondary aromas of cedar, chocolate, charred wood. Light tertiary aromas of leather and tobacco, prune and dried cherries. The flavor is amazing! Fruity and the secondary flavors of vanilla and charred wood really come through and balances beautifully with the primary fruit flavors. Medium+ tannins, high alcohol, medium+ acid. Well balanced and beautiful now (drinking 2015 in 2021), but will age really well. A wonderful example of Napa cab.

9.3

Alan Hyde

Terroir, not much fruit.

Terroir, not much fruit.

8.9

Chris Erkel

Lacks concentration that I recall for this Cab. It’s barely a medium bodied Can now.

Lacks concentration that I recall for this Cab. It’s barely a medium bodied Can now.

8.6

Nathan Renfro

Ruby red. Cherries and vanilla on the nose. Lots of ripe fruit - mostly cherry. Sweet and short finish. Fine tannins. I hear it needs more time in bottle to develop.

Ruby red. Cherries and vanilla on the nose. Lots of ripe fruit - mostly cherry. Sweet and short finish. Fine tannins. I hear it needs more time in bottle to develop.

9.0

Patrick Litle

Smooth, refined, very drinkable, aging 5 years is plenty

Smooth, refined, very drinkable, aging 5 years is plenty

9.2

Di Ana

Christmas 2020 cheer

Christmas 2020 cheer

9.0

J Kuo

Improved to 9 next day

Improved to 9 next day

8.9

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