2007 Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Year: 2007
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 94
California Grapevine: 94
Red Wine
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"Dense and firm, this gutsy red shows a nice flex behind the tannins, with rich flavors of dark berry, dark chocolate, cedar and melted black licorice. The signature minty trait presents itself for now as a bay leaf and black tea aroma. Drink now through 2028. From California." (WS)

"1. 2007 Heitz Cellar, “Martha’s Vineyard,” Napa Valley ($200) – Medium-dark ruby color; very attractive, forward, intense, complex, cassis and dark berry fruit aroma with hints of mint, eucalyptus, cedar, dried herbs, and graphite; full body; initially a bit soft and fleshy with intense, elegant, herbal, cedary, current and dark berry fruit flavors that tend to tighten a bit on the finish; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Well balanced and structured for bottle aging, though also very enjoyable to taste now. Very highly recom- mended. 14.5% alcohol; 1,331 cases; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (CS); released February 2012. (Group Score: 16.8 of 20 points, 3 of 9 first-place votes/3 seconds/2 thirds; My Score: 17 [94 of 100 points], first place)" (CA GV)

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Tasting Notes:
The 2007 Martha’s is a luscious cabernet with an enticing aroma of mint, plum and summer blueberries. Full-bodied with layers of complexity, this wine is beautifully balanced allowing all the pure, elegant flavors to be appreciated and enjoyed.

Life does not get much better than this – a cabernet that is mesmerizing from start to finish and leaves you reaching for more. This is a vintage that will long be remembered for its perfection.

We raise our glasses to toast the May family with this magnificent vintage of Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Founders Tom and Martha and second generation, Laura and Richard, exemplify the remarkable legacy of grape growing in the Napa Valley. Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet was introduced in 1966 as the first vineyard-designated wine in the Napa Valley. We celebrate the historic collaboration and friendship between the May and Heitz families that continues today.

The magnificent story of Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon began in 1965 and continues unfolding today. The historic handshake deal between the Heitz family and the May family, who own Martha’s Vineyard, made Cabernet Sauvignon history! The cherished relationship between the families now spans three generations.

In 1966, Joe Heitz produced a wine so distinctive and stunning that the two families boldly added the name of the vineyard to the label, introducing Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet as the first vineyard-designated wine in the Napa Valley. See Martha’s Vineyard for detailed history.

“Showcasing the authentic varietal character of this incomparable Cabernet is an important part of the legacy. Martha’s Vineyard has become the most well known Cabernet around the world for its unique mintiness, its rich layers of complexity and its remarkable overall balance.” Kathleen Heitz Myers, President