1999 Heitz Cellars "Trailside" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Excellent structure, with a firm, refined band of spicy currant, herb, bay leaf and cedar. Wonderful balance and integration of flavors, with a supple texture and a long, complex finish.
I saw from the notes on the Heitz website that this wine had a year in American oak hogsheads and then so long in French (Limousin!) barriques that it wasn’t bottled until 2003 - most unorthdox. The net result seemed to be a wine that is already at the peak of maturity but a very attractive drink now with an overlay of earthiness, or Rutherford dust, but no shortage of well balanced fruit. 18/20 points.
The 1999 "Trailside Vineyard" Cabernet marks the eleventh vintage from this renowned vineyard, in the Rutherford appellation of the Napa Valley. Known for its overall powerful Cabernet varietal flavors this Trailside, from a great vintage in the Napa Valley, certainly delivers. Aged for three-and-a-half years in a combination of American and French Limousin oak.