Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard 2010
Today we are thrilled to re-offer a truly great Californian Cabernet. Released to the market last year, Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard 2010 was one of our stand-out wines of 2015, perhaps not surprising given the pedigree of the vineyard and the 2010 vintage. Thankfully we have purchased another ex-Chateau parcel coming direct from the States and for the first time, we are delighted to offer some magnums as well.
A wine with such a reputation, from a widely heralded vintage, needs time. This is certainly a vin de garde in the classic sense - noble fruit, mint, gravel, with assured acidity and a tight structure; the 2010 will certainly age gracefully and would be a jewel in any cellar. We are not alone in our enthusiasm for Martha’s 2010. Antonio Galloni recently tasted it and awarded it 96 points. Furthermore, vintage conditions in 2011 did not play ball and thus the designated single vineyards were declassified into the straight Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. With this in mind, it may be a little while before we see the next vintage on these shores.
‘Not surprisingly, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard is the least expressive of these wines. At the same time, so much of its appeal is in its tightly-coiled energy and tension. Cherry pit, smoke, blood orange, mint and spice open up with time in the glass, but the 2010 is clearly built for cellaring. The wine's brightness and focus are compelling, but the 2010 needs time.’ – Antonio Galloni, October 2015.