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Heitz Wine Cellars

Heitz Wine Cellars When Heitz Cellars opened in 1961, the Napa Valley had fewer than twenty wineries. Today there are more than two hundred. The original winery on St. Helena Highway is still open to the public as a sales and tasting room for visitors and is a glimpse into the origins of Heitz Cellars. Within a few years Heitz Cellars had outgrown the original premises and purchased the present 160 acre residence and ranch on Taplin Road, a narrow fold in the hills just east of St. Helena. The home property was originally developed as a vineyard and winery in the 1880s by the Swiss-Italian family of Anton Rossi. The beautiful old stone cellar built in 1898 has made the transition through time and the Heitz family continues to age fine wines within, carrying on the tradition of the art of fine wine making in the Napa Valley. Heitz Wine Cellars has also expanded to include 350 acres of prime vineyards situated in the heart of the Napa Valley. From 1985 onward these vineyards have produced most of the grapes for Heitz wines, except the two legendary vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignons from "Martha's Vineyard" and "Bella Oaks Vineyard."


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436 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA, US, 94574 Email:
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  "Cellar Selection" Chardonnay
The 2002 "Cellar Selection" Chardonnay has an innate sense of power underlying the sophisticated and graceful fruit. The wine brims with the warmth and personality from our favorite selected Chardonnay lots. Notice the extra dimension and elegance shining through from the minerals of the terroir to the subtle yeast nuances from barrel fermenting. This is a suave Chardonnay for connoisseurs wanting that extra depth and aging potential.
  “Trailside Vineyard” Cabernet
The 1999 “Trailside Vineyard” Cabernet epitomizes the capabilities of the rich, lush fruit of the cabernet sauvignon varietal. Deliciously concentrated fruit yet smooth and balanced, this cabernet is one of the best to date from this Rutherford vineyard. An absolute fabulous, charismatic wine with dense complexity that is truly outstanding.
  Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
True to its heritage, the 2000 Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful combination of power and elegance. This renowned Rutherford vineyard designated Cabernet has been produced by Heitz Wine Cellars since 1976. The wine is consistently exceptional, with hidden depths of authority and a graceful silky finish. The 2000 vintage of Bella Oaks is a delightfully balanced and polished Cabernet ready to be enjoyed.
  Cellar Selection Chardonnay
The 2001 Cellar Selection Chardonnay is a long, rich and seductive wine. It is barrel fermented in small cooperage from the forest of Troncais in France. This adds an extra dimension of creaminess and sur lee nuances to the overall elegance of the wine. The additional layers of complexity compliment the dry, steely core. For those of you who enjoy a dry, crisp Chardonnay with a little extra distinction be sure to try this wine.
We inherited our Grignolino (pronounced green-no-lean-o) vines when we purchased the winery forty-three years ago and have always loved producing this light, playful wine. The invigorating floral aroma hints at sweetness, but the taste is surprisingly dry. Originating in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, this zesty varietal is a particularly good companion for spicy foods. Bring it slightly chilled on your next picnic.
  Grignolino Port
The Grignolino grape variety is so flavorful that it is a perfect match to make Port. The 2000 Grignolino Port is a beautiful dark garnet with an aroma that is reminiscent of orange blossoms. Rich and lush in the mouth with just the right amount of sweetness that lingers on the palate. This is indeed a refined, elegant Port that is soft and approachable for today’s enjoyment.
  Grignolino Port
The 2003 Grignolino Port announces itself with a deep garnet hue and a wondrously floral aroma, hinting at orange blossoms. Rich and mouth-filling, the Grignolino varietal conveys a lively, citrus note to the palate. Tiptoeing around sweetness to a well-balanced position, it is an elegant Port that drinks beautifully now. This distinctive ruby-style wine will bring any meal or evening to a lovely conclusion.
  Ink Grade Port
The current winemaker’s blend of Ink Grade Port consists of six different Portuguese grape varieties from our Ink Grade Vineyard. It is a rich and flavorful Port reflecting the intrigue and distinctiveness of each variety. The harmonious blend is mostly from the 1998, 1999 and 2000 vintages with just a splash of the 2001 for some youthful fruitiness. This is a luscious Port packaged in a traditional Port bottle with a classic label that is glazed directly on the bottle. Please enjoy this unique Port produced in the Napa Valley.
  Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2000 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a wonderful varietal aroma layered with bright cherry fruit and just a whisper of mint that makes the wine distinctive. This beautifully balanced wine shows a slight restraint in depth reflective of the 2000 vintage. The true elegance shines in the finesse and delicate structure of this Cabernet. It is approachable and enjoyable now, but with the proper PH balance and backbone to ensure longevity.
  Napa Valley Cabernet
The 2000 Napa Valley Cabernet is a beautifully crafted wine from a consistent producer. Gorgeous, elegant fruit is deftly balanced with the round, supple tannins and nuances of limousin oak. The flavors are rich and full-bodied on the palate with a silky soft finish that reinforces the overall harmony. An impressive Cabernet Sauvignon!
  Napa Valley Cabernet
The 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet is a stunning wine from the vintage everyone has been waiting for. Deliciously concentrated and gracefully classic, the flavors continue to unfold and mesmerize on this voluptuous Cabernet. The wonderful balance of smooth, rich, ripe varietal characteristics are so enjoyable...a winner.
  Napa Valley Chardonnay
The 2003 Napa Valley Chardonnay is an exciting wine, crisp and zesty in style, yet firmly structured which provides additional depth. The winemaker has deftly balanced the exotic floral bouquet with the rich and focused varietal flavors. Overall, this is an appealing, traditional-style chardonnay that has an impressive and integrated range of flavors. It is a delight to drink as an aperitif or with lighter fares.
  Napa Valley Chardonnay
The 2002 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a vibrant, lively wine with opulent fruit. The weather promoted proper ripeness of the Chardonnay grapes enhancing the exotic varietal aromas of melon and delicate honeysuckle. This Chardonnay resonates in the mouth with crisp acidity, integrated balance, and the endless appeal of a lush and lingering aftertaste on the palate. A delicious Chardonnay with just a touch of honey and lemon for intrigue.
  Napa Valley Chardonnay
Our new style of Chardonnay with just a touch of oak, has proven to be tremendously successful these last few years. The 2004 vintage makes its debut with an eye-catching color --- vibrant hues of silken yellow. It is a delicious Chardonnay with bright citrus and melon aromas followed by a well-balanced acidity on the palate. This Chardonnay captures the dazzling taste of the sun-ripened grapes and the elegance of the varietal.
Our 2001 Zinfandel reflects the flavorful and spicy characteristics of the variety with bright, berry flavors and just a hint of black pepper. The versatility of this medium-bodied Zinfandel shows in its overall balance and approachability. This delicious wine compliments many cuisines without overpowering the nuances of any dish.


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