Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1974
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
I had this wine twice over a period of thirty days, rating it an astounding 99 and 98 points. A monumental California Cabernet Sauvignon, it appears to have approached its plateau of maturity but should easily last for 20-25 more years. There is no rust, amber, or brown to the saturated dark purple color. The spectacular, huge, Mouton-Rothschild-like nose of mint, cassis, lead pencil, and toast is remarkably youthful. Staggeringly concentrated, this full-bodied, super-rich wine possesses moderate tannin, fresh, lively acidity, and a blockbuster, rich, fleshy finish. This is a monumental effort!
Deep garnet, openly spicy, with fresh mint, currant, cedar and anise flavors that are rich and concentrated, firm and complex. this is aging well, though a shade past its prime, finishing with a trace of oxidation and hint of nuttiness. Nonetheless, still alive and well; just mature. Based on this bottle, there's no point in waiting.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now. 4,543 cases made.