1998 Heitz Cellar "Trailside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1005798 Wine Spectator

 Well-oaked but not overdone, giving it a mocha scent and smooth texture, and it is complex in flavor, with the wood matching up to currant, anise, coffee and dill nuances, finishing with fine-grain tannins. (JL, Web 2004)

K&L Notes

The 1998 "Trailside Vineyard" Cabernet marks the tenth vintage from this renowned vineyard in the Rutherford. Known for its powerful varietal flavors, the 1998 Trailside is no exception. Deep and dark in color, the forward bouquet and flavors of cassis and raspberry with subtle herbaceous notes blend harmoniously in the mouth. A beautiful and delicious wine from start to finish. Aged 3 ½ years (one year in American oak tanks and 2 ½ years in French Limousin oak). Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com: "An obvious step up in quality. Much more impact on the nose here, with notes of chocolate and spice and a more youthful feel to it. Muscular, powerful, rich and creamy on the palate, with a ripe tannic structure beneath it all which dominates the finish. Great fruit too. Needs 3 to 4 years in the cellar. 17/20." (11/2003)


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.