By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
Heitz Cellars has long been not only one of my personal favorite Cabernet producers in the Napa Valley, but in the entire world. Don’t believe me? Just ask one of my co-workers, I bet they would back me up 100% on this bold statement. Year after year they knock Cabernet out of the park in a style that is becoming near extinct, that is one that is not over-extracted but acid driven, food friendly, structural Cabernet that can age with grace and grow more beautiful or be consumed now with equal glee. Also the winery has never forgotten its long and storied history and has held true to a style for five decades; that is a rare feat in the wine world indeed. Without much fanfare, the Heitz wines rarely get much press, this 2007 Napa Cab has been one of our top selling mid-range wines over the last year. Savory and packed with sandalwood, olive and red currant in the nose it about as “varietal” as Cabernet gets. With a long and drawn out nature and little in the way of excess this is a Cabernet that is stripped down, or I’d prefer to think not over made, with layer upon layer of bay leaf, sage, Kalamata olive and dry but fruity tones of cherry, raspberry and black currant with great oak integration and a long resonating finish. I challenge you to find a better $40 Cabernet from Napa with better pedigree and repeated quality, it just doesn’t exist.