2016 Heitz Cellars Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ValleyCalifornia, USA
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.