2002 Heitz Cellar "Trailside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A much different wine than the minty Martha’s, yet still old-school, with brambly blackberry fruit, liquorice, cedar, full body and a pleasant reedy note. Fine acidity and mature tannins. 17/20 points.
Spicy, toasty oak is wrapped around ripe cherry, plum and currant flavors that fold together nicely, gaining depth and complexity and ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2013.
In the early 1980s, the Heitz Family acquired a marvelous Rutherford vineyard bordered on one side by the Silverado Trail and nudged on the other by the Conn Creek, aptly named the "Trailside Vineyard". Aged for three-and-a-half years in a combination of American and French Limousin oak, "Trailside" is known for its overall powerful Cabernet varietal aromas and flavors and beguiling opulence. The 2002 is bold yet balanced, with ripe blackberry, cherry and cassis aromas intermingling with oak spice. It is lush and long on the palate, showing complexity in its evolution, with firm tannins, rich dark fruit flavors accented by cedar, and lingering spice notes on the finish.