1984 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
With coaxing, a surprisingly tight bouquet offers up damp, woodsy aromas intermixed with scents of mint and ripe cassis. Full-bodied, firm, and admirably concentrated, with a wonderful layered palate, this impressively-endowed wine requires another 4-5 years of cellaring.
Dark ruby-garnet color. Complex aromas of ripe currant, mint, chocolate and black cherry, this is in pristine drinking condition, offering touches of mature Cabernet flavors while still retaining some youthful fresh fruit flavors. Excellent balance, depth and richness, with ripe tannins and fruit dominating the aftertaste. (2004)
John Gilman: "...I have always been a very big fan of this vintage of Martha’s, and the recent bottle was a stunning wine. This is still relatively young and will continue to improve with further bottle age, but offers up a very deep and absolutely classic bouquet of red and black cherries, fresh mint, a deep base of soil tones, eucalyptus, incipient notes of nutskin, woodsmoke and the first stirring of chipotle pepper in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still a tad closed, with a great core of fruit, beautiful focus and balance, moderate, ripe tannins and stunning length and grip on the classy finish. A superb vintage of Martha’s Vineyard, the 1984 really should still be given a bit more bottle age before broaching it in earnest. 2017-2075." (The View from The Cellar - Heitz Wine Cellars- Celebrating Fifty Years of Napa Valley Excellence, 6/2011)