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    cwdjrxyz Guest

    Default TN Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1977

    The Heitz Cellar, Napa Valley Bella Oaks Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
    1977, bottle #45222 of 47820 bottles and 1200 magnums, was bottled
    Aug. 11, 1981, and has 13 1/2 % alcohol. It has been stored properly
    since shortly after release. There were no cork or other issues, and
    the fill was still in the low neck. The cork could not be removed with
    a corkscrew for the sides of the cork nearly seemed to be glued to the
    bottle. A butler's friend went in with no problems, and twisting it a
    bit then allowed the cork to be extracted in one piece.

    This wine has been mature for several years, but it is holding very
    well. It is still a big, dark wine with a bit of age now showing
    around the rim. The dark fruit is quite intense, and there is a mixed
    spice character. The tannins are resolved and now fairly soft. There
    is ample acid. Although still a big wine, the balance is now very good
    and not over-the-top and nearly port-like as were some California CSs
    from the 70s. At this stage, I like it better than the 1976 Martha's
    vineyard. Unfortunately I have only one more bottle left.

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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1977

    On Jan 7, 12:49�am, cwdjrxyz <spamtr...@cwdjr.info> wrote:
    > The Heitz Cellar, Napa Valley Bella Oaks Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
    > 1977, bottle #45222 of 47820 bottles and 1200 magnums, was bottled
    > Aug. 11, 1981, and has 13 1/2 % alcohol. It has been stored properly
    > since shortly after release. There were no cork or other issues, and
    > the fill was still in the low neck. The cork could not be removed with
    > a corkscrew for the sides of the cork nearly seemed to be glued to the
    > bottle. A butler's friend went in with no problems, and twisting it �a
    > bit then allowed the cork to be extracted in one piece.
    >
    > This wine has been mature for several years, but it is holding very
    > well. It is still a big, dark wine with a bit of age now showing
    > around the rim. The dark fruit is quite intense, and there is a mixed
    > spice character. The tannins are resolved and now fairly soft. There
    > is ample acid. Although still a big wine, the balance is now very good
    > and not over-the-top and nearly port-like as were some California CSs
    > from the 70s. At this stage, I like it better than the 1976 Martha's
    > vineyard. Unfortunately I have only one more bottle left.


    Thanks for the notes. 1974 Heitz Martha's was my wine epiphany.
    These are beautifully crafted wines of power, balance and finesse.

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1977

    On Jan 7, 1:16*am, "Bi!!" <rvwr...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Jan 7, 12:49 am, cwdjrxyz <spamtr...@cwdjr.info> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > The Heitz Cellar, Napa Valley Bella Oaks Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
    > > 1977, bottle #45222 of 47820 bottles and 1200 magnums, was bottled
    > > Aug. 11, 1981, and has 13 1/2 % alcohol. It has been stored properly
    > > since shortly after release. There were no cork or other issues, and
    > > the fill was still in the low neck. The cork could not be removed with
    > > a corkscrew for the sides of the cork nearly seemed to be glued to the
    > > bottle. A butler's friend went in with no problems, and twisting it a
    > > bit then allowed the cork to be extracted in one piece.

    >
    > > This wine has been mature for several years, but it is holding very
    > > well. It is still a big, dark wine with a bit of age now showing
    > > around the rim. The dark fruit is quite intense, and there is a mixed
    > > spice character. The tannins are resolved and now fairly soft. There
    > > is ample acid. Although still a big wine, the balance is now very good
    > > and not over-the-top and nearly port-like as were some California CSs
    > > from the 70s. At this stage, I like it better than the 1976 Martha's
    > > vineyard. Unfortunately I have only one more bottle left.

    >
    > Thanks for the notes. *1974 Heitz Martha's was my wine epiphany.
    > These are beautifully crafted wines of power, balance and finesse.


    74 is a great wine, never had the 77, but would love too! Distinctive
    wines.

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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default Re: TN Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1977

    Bi!! wrote:

    > Thanks for the notes. 1974 Heitz Martha's was my wine epiphany.
    > These are beautifully crafted wines of power, balance and finesse.


    Mine, too, Bill (same wine). I haven't had enough of either the
    Martha's or Bella Oaks to be able to comment on the overall style, but I
    certainly have liked what little I've had from Heitz in that era.

    Mark Lipton


    --
    alt.food.wine FAQ: http://winefaq.cwdjr.net

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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1977

    On Jan 7, 9:33�am, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > Bi!! wrote:
    > > Thanks for the notes. �1974 Heitz Martha's was my wine epiphany..
    > > These are beautifully crafted wines of power, balance and finesse.

    >
    > Mine, too, Bill (same wine). �I haven't had enough of either the
    > Martha's or Bella Oaks to be able to comment on the overall style, but I
    > certainly have liked what little I've had from Heitz in that era.
    >
    > Mark Lipton
    >
    > --
    > alt.food.wine FAQ: �http://winefaq.cwdjr.net


    I always felt that the Heitz wines of the 70's (and a few others like
    Montelena, Phelps, BV) defined the "Napa" style of wine for the next
    few decades. The wines showed the best attributes of what Napa had to
    offer in terms of purity of fruit and ripeness in well balanced, long
    lived wines that allowed individual site and maker personality to show
    through. Anyone who has ever drank a Heitz Martha's can recognize the
    eucalyptus character or the spicy minerality found in Phelps Insignia
    year after year.

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