Heitz Cellars

2016 Heitz Cellars Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

California, USA
$100.00
In stock
SKU
CV-16HCLC91CSNV

The origin of Lot C-91 began in the fall of 1969 when Joe Heitz created this one-off Cuvee, which was very typical in those days, as a more premium version of his already iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Saugivnon botling. Joe envisioned the Lot C-91 as a more significant step up in the pedigree from the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with a higher quality of fruit sourcing, coming exclusively from the sought-after Single-Vineyards of Heitz Cellar. Lot C-91 is the culmination of 50 years of tireless effort, trial and error, and the continual desire to make a most unique expression of the heralded vineyards of Heitz Cellar. We are honored to resurrect this Cuvee, 47 years later, in honor of Joe Heitz.

The Palate of the 2016 Lot C-91 Cuvee exhibits the density and length that only the truly great wines of the world are capable of. The soft expression of red and black fruits are a result of harvesting earlier while the fruit is still fresh and vibrant and having patience as the wine undergoes one of the longest aging regimens in the region. A clear differentiation between the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the Lot C-91 is the presence of savory elements such as sage, rosemany, cured meats, and black pepper. This patient approach allows for the integration of tannin, alcohol, acidity, and fruit. The result is a wine of incredible complexity and harmony, that is true to the place it comes from.

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Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley

Family owned since its founding in 1961, Heitz Cellar’s legacy runs as deep as the roots throughout the Napa Valley; a winery legend that has helped shape the history of Napa Valley winemaking. In the late 1950’s, pioneering vintner Joe Heitz ushered in Napa’s modern era with his iconic, globally celebrated wines, including Napa Valley’s first vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon, the renowned Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard. Fifty-eight years of the Heitz family’s dedication to viticulture, stewardship, and classic winemaking, maintained the winery’s notoriety as a benchmark amongst its peers in California and Europe.

 

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2016 Vintage in Napa Valley combined mild summer temperatures and a series of warm days at the end of the growing season which led to an early start and finish to crush. Heitz Cellar brought in the first of their fruit on August 18th and finished their Cabernet Sauvignon harvest October 11th. Although a very busy season, the phrase "short and sweet" applies nicely to this vintage as they were able to bring all their fruit into the winery in a timely fashion and enjoyed perfect ripeness across the varietal spectrum.