1973 Heitz Cellars "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder, lighlty soiled label)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Big, mint, eucalyptus, and cassis aromas in the forefront. The color is still deep, with only slight lightening at the edge. In the mouth, the wine is rich and full-bodied, with excellent concentration and balance.
The 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard is quite pretty and powerful, but also a bit forward, while the 1975 impresses for its pure depth and richness, both remarkable for a wine that is nearly 40 years old!
95 points John Gilman: "The 1973 Martha’s Vineyard is fully mature and is drinking beautifully at nearly forty years of age. The deep and utterly classic nose offers up scents of red and black cherries, petroleum jelly, fresh mint, chipotle peppers, spice tones, a beautiful base of soil and a nice touch of nutskins in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and absolutely à point, with a silky palate impression, lovely intensity of flavor, lovely complexity and stunning length and grip on the perfectly focused and dancing finish. The ’73 Martha’s Vineyard will not last anywhere near as long as wines such as the 1974 or 1975, but it still has plenty of life in it and will continue to dazzle for decades to come. Just a beautiful bottle of wine. 2011-2045." (The View from the Cellar, 6/2011, p. 34) James Suckling also gave this an unofficial 93 points after tasting it blind in 2010, noting that it was "full and silky with dried berry and mint flavors. What texture!"