Heitz Martha’s Vineyard 2013

Heitz Martha’s Vineyard 2013
After the surprise sale of Heitz Cellars early this year, today’s release represents a little slice of Napa Valley history. In Martha’s Vineyard 2013 you have a brilliant wine from one of Napa’s undisputed first growth vineyards, indeed the very first to be bottled as a vineyard designate wine way back in 1966, combined with one of the most highly sought after recent Napa Valley vintages. As the most recent release, it is the last to be released by the Heitz Family before the estate changed hands and so represents something of the end of an era.

Fortunately this 2013 is a fitting tribute the Heitz family’s 50 plus years in the valley. Powerful, layered and long, it represents all that is great about Martha’s vineyard and the Heitz style, with immense power and longevity but also a fine bright seam of acidity and the broad aromatic complexity that comes from Heitz’s extended ageing process prior to bottling. Following a first year in huge old wooden fuders the wines are transferred to small French oak barrels for a further two and a half years of patient elevage, followed by a full year in bottle prior to release. Little has changed since the first vintage in this most traditional of Napa cellars.

Alongside the brilliant 2013 we have a number of back vintages which were shipped from the estate in early 2018. The Heitz wines age famously well as anyone who has been lucky enough to experience the ‘74 or ‘75 will tell you – we don’t expect these to stick around for long…