• Wine Spectator Wine Seminar

    Heitz Wine Cellars Legacy Tasting: Celebrating 50 years of Martha's Vineyard

  • Wine Spectator Wine Seminar

    Heitz Wine Cellars Legacy Tasting: Celebrating 50 years of Martha's Vineyard

  • Wine Spectator Wine Seminar

    Heitz Wine Cellars Legacy Tasting: Celebrating 50 years of Martha's Vineyard

  • Wine Spectator Wine Seminar

    Heitz Wine Cellars Legacy Tasting: Celebrating 50 years of Martha's Vineyard

Wine Spectator Wine Seminar

Heitz Wine Cellars Legacy Tasting: Celebrating 50 years of Martha's Vineyard

In 1966, Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was introduced as the first vineyard-designated wine in the Napa Valley. Known for its rich layers of complexity and an identifiable minty aroma, this wine has captured worldwide attention during the past 50 years for its consistent quality and age-ability. Accolades include being selected by Wine Spectator as one of the Top 12 Wines of the 20th Century. During another historic tasting in 2012 that included top wines from around the world, FINE Magazine’s international panel designated Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet the Best Wine of the 20th Century.

The fruit for this wine is grown in the prestigious Oakville appellation. Tucked out of sight at the base of the Mayacamas foothills, the legendary Martha’s Vineyard rolls gently across a gravelly plain. The vines are meticulously positioned to soak up the morning sun before cooling down a bit earlier than the valley floor. This ranch is home to a proprietary Cabernet clone that is noted for the deep purple hue of its small berries and the splendid concentration of its flavor. Tom and Martha May have owned this Oakville vineyard since 1963. Early to recognize the power of terroir, they were determined to get their fruit into the right hands. In an historic deal, the Heitz family agreed to purchase the grapes from the May family’s first harvest, and one year later Joe Heitz produced an exquisite wine from the fruit. The two families agreed that this Cabernet deserved a vineyard-designation on the label. That was the beginning of an exclusive relationship that continues today with second generation Laura May Everett and Richard May.

Join Kathleen Heitz Myers for this rare tasting through the decades of Martha’s Vineyard, featuring these specially selected vintages:

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1978 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1981 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1987 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 
Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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