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Heitz Trailside Cabernet 2006
$135.00 a bottle in cases of 6
(only 4 cases available) SOLD OUT - Contact Summer re. Private Stock Order
Heitz Wine Cellars are located in a valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena, known to the locals as Spring Valley. Heitz vineyards include 375 acres located throughout Napa, and all of the land is farmed sustainably and organically. In 1964, Joe and Alice Heitz bought this ranch and have since handed it down to their son and daughter, David Heitz and Kathleen Heitz. This year marks their 52nd anniversary; they have built a worldwide reputation for themselves and have become synonymous with luxury in the world of winemaking.
Trailside Vineyard in Rutherford has been cultivated by the Heitz family for over 20 years. It is typified by powerful Cabernet flavours. This wine is rich, yet restrained. It is evolving nicely with splendid varietal aroma that originates from a core of lush, dark fruit. Ripe cherry flavours and an undertone of spice are wonderfully integrated with fine-grained tannins, building to a lovely finish of great length.
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
$229.95 a bottle in cases of 6
(only 6 cases available)
I think the world may have run out of superlatives for this wine. California’s first proprietary blend and still one of the world’s most sought-after and revered reds. Twenty-seven of 37 vintages have been rated ninety or more points by various wine publications. From 1990 to 2007, the average score from Robert Parker’sWine Advocate is 94.5 points, with the lowest score still a fabulous 91.
95 points: Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. The beautiful, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Insignia (a 12,500-case blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot) possesses sweet aromas of black cherries, cassis, chocolate, camphor, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with a European style imposed on the rich, velvety, California fruit, this cuvee will benefit from several years of bottle age, and should easily keep for three decades. (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue #180)
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