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1981 Heitz Cellar "Bella Oaks" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Heitz family has been making Cabs from Barney and Belle Rhodes' ranch - Bella Oaks - since 1976. Noted for their signature complexity and texture, the Bella Oaks Cabs are also known for their longevity. Heitz Cellar has earned its reputation as one of the Napa Valley's best producers by making quality, ageworthy wines for decades. Stephen Brook: "Joe Heitz was not a man to move with the times. He tank-fermented his Chardonnay and blocked malolactic fermentation. He stayed loyal to the Grignolino rosé he had made as a young man, and he even made a Port-style wine from the variety. He aged his Cabernet, and some of the Chardonnay in Limousin oak - a practice that is continued to this day. He bought Limousin barrels because he disliked American oak, and the range of French oak in the 1960s was limited. I once asked Joe Heitz why he had stuck to a wood that most winemakers disliked, and he replied, 'In the beginning, we used what we had and it worked. Why should we change just because other people are sheep?' Joe Heitz was no diplomat." (The Finest Wines of California: A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines, pg 152-3)

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