New Release: Heitz Martha's Vineyard 2012

New Release: Heitz Martha's Vineyard 2012
We are delighted to be able to offer the great 2012 vintage of the iconic Martha’s Vineyard from Heitz Cellars.

The 2012 vintage in Napa
"2012 as well as 2013 provided classic, virtually textbook-perfect weather conditions for growing plenty of grapes and harvesting them in an orderly fashion whenever the producer desired. Both vintages are clearly the two greatest years for North Coast Bordeaux varietals - and probably Chardonnay as well - since the wonderful duo of 2001 and 2002...... It is a gloriously ostentatious, charming, rich, well-balanced vintage that will drink well young yet, certainly in the best cases, have 20-30 years of longevity ahead of it. In many stylistic respects, 2012 does indeed resemble 2002." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Martha’s Vineyard
Preceded in California by Ridge Monte Bello alone, Martha's Vineyard was the first single vineyard wine in the Napa Valley. From the inaugural vintage in 1966, through a golden period in the 1970s, Martha's Vineyard was the appellation’s guiding light. Early vintages soon became legendary, making clear the potential for great Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley.

To this day Kathleen Heitz-Meyers and her team, including winemaker David Heitz, continue to fashion Martha's vineyard in the faithfully traditional style that made it famous– a style entirely at odds with the big glossy wines that often dominate headlines.

The vineyard itself is gently sloping and famously eucalyptus fringed, sitting on the western side of Napa Valley just south of Oakville. Catching predominantly the morning sun means the grapes ripen slowly, building in complexity, while maintaining excellent levels of acidity.

For the first year of its life, Martha’s is aged in large traditional old fuders. After this, ageing takes place in French oak barrels for a further two years, before a year or more in bottle prior to release. Interestingly for a red wine, malolactic fermentation is generally avoided. The low pH, high acidity this achieves is just one reason these wines age so prodigiously. Very little has changed in this process since the first Martha’s, over 50 years ago, and as a result the link between historic old bottlings and those of today is very much alive.

“Parading a textbook, classic Martha’s nose with Eucalyptus notes set over cassis and gentle spice, still retaining a note of sweet oak that will further integrate in time. On the palate this has a brightness, a nerve of fine acidity, some oak presence, sweet tannins, and the transparency and elegance so often found in traditionally made wines given extended ageing in wooden casks. Aromatically complex and also inviting with fantastic character and presence; there’s something of the new school/old school to this. Drink from 2020 onwards.” Justerini & Brooks.

Quantities are limited and we expect demand to be high.