This wine was tasted for Open That Bottle Night 2011 on Palate Press: the online wine magazine.

Jeff Lefevere, of Good Grape, shared this with me on Open That Bottle Night, and it was wonderful, and still very young. The nose shows mocha, a touch of menthol and creamy nougat. Blackcurrant, unsweetened chocolate, fig, and eucalyptus all show, but flavors come in layers. It is still drinking young, terrifically balanced in an old-school way, with acids bright and lively. Hold another decade or more with confidence. Drink with a good friend and chops from local lamb. Very highly recommended.

WHO: Heitz Cellars
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: St. Helena, California
WHEN: 1999
HOW MUCH: $145

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