1985 Heitz Cellar "Bella Oaks" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #901253 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Powerful and complex, with lots of ripe cherry, currant and spice aromas and flavors, hinting at chocolate and toast on the long, long finish. A big wine with plenty of grace and elegance. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (5/1990)

90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Remarkably, the 1985 Heitz Bella Oaks cabernet is still a fairly young wine and in need of a bit more cellaring to really blossom. The bouquet is deep, pure and classy, as it offers up scents of black cherries, tobacco smoke, a touch of chipotle pepper, Rutherford dust, a bit of nuttiness and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and rock solid at the core, with ripe tannins, good focus and a long, chewy and slightly rigid finish. This needs at least another four or five years of cellaring to fully soften, but there is a slight possibility that the rigidity that the wine currently shows on the backend may always be part of its profile. A very good wine in need of a few more years of bottle age. The ’85 Bella Oaks should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage. (Drink between 2015-2040) 90+ Inner quote mark (5/2011)

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