2016 Heitz 'Lot C-91' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The origin of Lot C-91 began in the fall of 1969 when Joe Heitz created this one-off cuvée, which was very normal in those days, as a more premium version of his already iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon bottling. The new 2016 Lot C-91 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon lots from several Napa AVAs: Rutherford, Oakville, Howell Mountain and St. Helena. It’s a pleasurable, drink now style. Open for business with its bright fruit tones, crunchy minerality, and whiff of spice.
Lot C-91 is the culmination of 50 years of tireless effort, trial and error, and the continual desire to make a unique expression of the heralded vineyards of Heitz Cellar.
Blue fruit with stone, lavender and currant aromas and flavors. Fresh herbs too. Medium-bodied with ultra-fine tannins. Such firmness and focus and beauty. A blend of all their top single vineyards. Drink or hold.
Shows a perfumed note, with red tea and sandalwood hints throughout. Supple red currant, fresh Damson and cherry preserve flavors do the heavy lifting. Fine-grained and very focused on the finish, with some sneaky length to boot. Drink now through 2034. 3,000 cases made. (JM)