2002 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tightly knit and backward, the 2002 Martha’s Vineyard offers hints of black cherries, black currants, earth, new saddle leather and spice box. Full-bodied, dense and concentrated as well as high in tannin, this youthful effort no longer reveals this cuvee’s famous eucalyptus aroma, but it does not lack for power, richness or aging potential. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (92+, RP)
Classic Martha’s, with red fruits, mint, eucalyptus and leafy herbs on the nose and palate. Also typical: a taste of a chocolate-covered cherry. Herb tinged, balanced and with brisk acidity. 17.5/20 points.
Not a great Martha's, but better than it was on release. Shows the characteristic minty, bay leaf scents of Martha's Vineyard, as the currant and cherry flavors are supple and elegant. Well-balanced, ready to drink and gaining on the finish.—2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2020. (Web-2012)
The 2002 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a magnificent wine, classic in style, and showing immense power balanced with lush, sweet tannins. The elegant structure of this wine is a compliment to the purity of the varietal fruit from Martha's Vineyard and a lovely reflection of its Oakville appellation. You are immediately drawn to the celebrated minty aroma of this Cabernet and swept away by the authenticity of its taste--a mingling of velvety chocolate with ripe berries. The impressive balance makes this wine accessible now, but it will also reward proper cellaring for many years to come.