Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

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David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Many panned the 98 Napa vintage. Tasted young, it wasn’t all that good. However, never lose site that in all difficult vintages, good wines are made. Especially, with the right bottle age. They are generally from good producers who have experience, good facilities and the financial fortitude to thin crop. On the nose; floral cassis, ripe, ruby blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, sugar plum, blue fruits, dark cherries, strawberries in jam style, eucalyptus, soft spices, baking spices, dark soils, fruit tea, loamy dry soil, black moist earth, light herbaceous, used, soft leather, dry crushed rocks powder, black cherry cola, fresh red florals and violets for days. The body is full and tannins 65-70% resolved. The mouthfeel is round and glides beautifully & elegantly over the palate. Harmony in the; structure, tension, length and balance. The fruits are ripe, ruby; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, sugar plum, blue fruits, dark cherries, raspberries, strawberries in jam style, eucalyptus, soft spices, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, dark soils, fruit tea, loamy dry soil, black moist earth, light herbaceous, used, soft leather, dry crushed rocks powder, black cherry cola, fresh red florals and violets for days. The acidity is round and like a waterfall. The finish is beautifully ripe & elegant and lasts well over a minute. Beautiful wine. Photos of; Martha’s Vineyard, Heitz Winery, tastings room bar on Hwy 29 and sitting area outside their tasting room.

Many panned the 98 Napa vintage. Tasted young, it wasn’t all that good. However, never lose site that in all difficult vintages, good wines are made. Especially, with the right bottle age. They are generally from good producers who have experience, good facilities and the financial fortitude to thin crop. On the nose; floral cassis, ripe, ruby blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, sugar plum, blue fruits, dark cherries, strawberries in jam style, eucalyptus, soft spices, baking spices, dark soils, fruit tea, loamy dry soil, black moist earth, light herbaceous, used, soft leather, dry crushed rocks powder, black cherry cola, fresh red florals and violets for days. The body is full and tannins 65-70% resolved. The mouthfeel is round and glides beautifully & elegantly over the palate. Harmony in the; structure, tension, length and balance. The fruits are ripe, ruby; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, sugar plum, blue fruits, dark cherries, raspberries, strawberries in jam style, eucalyptus, soft spices, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, dark soils, fruit tea, loamy dry soil, black moist earth, light herbaceous, used, soft leather, dry crushed rocks powder, black cherry cola, fresh red florals and violets for days. The acidity is round and like a waterfall. The finish is beautifully ripe & elegant and lasts well over a minute. Beautiful wine. Photos of; Martha’s Vineyard, Heitz Winery, tastings room bar on Hwy 29 and sitting area outside their tasting room.

9.4

Nick Apone Delectable Pro

Lots of Eucalyptus.

Lots of Eucalyptus.

9.3

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Here is an example of a 98 you have taste so you don't jump to the conclusion that there were no good 98's made in Napa. Is this their best Martha's, no, but for the price it's selling at today...it's a pretty good value for this wine. Ready to go. Not sure how much better it's going to get but it still has a fair amount of life left...8-10 more years. Blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, Christmas cake, spice-box, eucalyptus, dry red floral, elegant soft minerals with crush rocks, tobacco leaf, nice acidity and finish. Delicious.

Here is an example of a 98 you have taste so you don't jump to the conclusion that there were no good 98's made in Napa. Is this their best Martha's, no, but for the price it's selling at today...it's a pretty good value for this wine. Ready to go. Not sure how much better it's going to get but it still has a fair amount of life left...8-10 more years. Blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, Christmas cake, spice-box, eucalyptus, dry red floral, elegant soft minerals with crush rocks, tobacco leaf, nice acidity and finish. Delicious.

9.2

jesus g Delectable Pro

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

Amazing

Amazing

10

Alder Yarrow Delectable Pro

Wine Blogger Vinography

Great Winemaker's make great wine even in tough vintages. 1998 singing with mint chocolate and leather.

Great Winemaker's make great wine even in tough vintages. 1998 singing with mint chocolate and leather.

9.3

Whitney Bouck Delectable Pro

Absolutely ripe for drinking and perfect with beef. This is a stellar example of Martha's Vineyard Heitz!

Absolutely ripe for drinking and perfect with beef. This is a stellar example of Martha's Vineyard Heitz!

9.2

Claire Weinkauf Delectable Pro

Best Napa wine In a while. Gorgeous fruit without being overwhelming, great balance, long pleasant finish

Best Napa wine In a while. Gorgeous fruit without being overwhelming, great balance, long pleasant finish

9.8

Doc Jay Delectable Pro

Delicious day one and day two

Delicious day one and day two

9.7

Martin Redmond Delectable Pro

Lovely aromas cassis, tobacco, blackberry, and a bit of spice palate follows the nose supple texture. Very good acidity. Concentrated and long. Great fruit but not over the top

Lovely aromas cassis, tobacco, blackberry, and a bit of spice palate follows the nose supple texture. Very good acidity. Concentrated and long. Great fruit but not over the top

9.3

Scott Barber Delectable Pro

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

This is what the '11s will be like in about a decade.

This is what the '11s will be like in about a decade.

9.5