2001 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This was a spectacular performance from this hallowed vineyard as well as one of Napa Valley’s great historic terroirs. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it reveals a still youthful personality and will benefit from another 5-7 years of bottle age. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, flowers and background earth as well as spice. The old eucalyptus-filled aromatics of a young Martha’s Vineyard are nowhere to be found as the 2001 is dominated by fruit and earth. Full-bodied and powerful with superb integration of wood, tannin, acidity and alcohol, this large-scaled red is capable of three or more decades of cellaring. It is unquestionably a youthful classic, but it requires patience from its owners. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
A true-to-form Martha's Vineyard. Enticing chocolate-covered cherry, berry and mint give a complex, distinctive flavor profile. Sleek, elegant and long on the finish, where the flavors turn juicy.- 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2020. (Web Only- 2011)
Very deep purple. Some lift and luscious fruit. Very sweet and full and minerally. Some evolution. Big and blustering with resolved tannins and a hint of dustiness. Not formulaic.
One of the last to release their single vineyard wines for the year, Heitz has long been known for its luxury cuvees, the Martha's and Bella Oaks Cabernets. The 2001 Martha's delivers on both the winery's reputation and the vintage. At once rich and elegant, its intense color is followed by aromas of mint and cassis. On the palate, red fruit and firm tannins combine into a focused and firmly tannic wine. One for the cellar...this will not disappoint those who are patient!