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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2004 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

I'm usually a huge fan of the wines at Heitz Cellar and this 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing example of pure Napa Cabernet. It's 100% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 3 years (1 year in American oak tanks, 2 years in French oak limousin barrels). 

The Bouquet is filled with lots of dusty coco notes and is complimented by aromas of red raspberry, cherry cola, black cherry, and a touch of fennel. There's also just the slightest little hint of veggie which is hard to put my finger on but it is definitely there!! On the palate the wine delivers beautiful milk chocolate covered raspberries, coco, soft red currants, and black cherry on the finish. The ripeness and sweetness of the tannin and the silky texture make this wine very seductive. I can't believe this stuff is still under fifty bucks! I've tasted maybe fifty Napa Cabs more expensive and can honestly say this one out-drinks them.  93+ points

johnc said...

My wife just opened this bottle to use for making a sauce (by accident - not knowing the value of this wine). So now I have to drink it (poor me!). It is expressing the palette and nose exactly as you say it - I get a bit more young bright fruit than I do black cherry or any deeper darker fruit. So I chalk it up to the young age. It's not taking on any deeper brick color yet.
Bottom line - it's wonderful. I will purchase another bottle for the cellar (maybe two!).

 
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