Autographed and dated at release day by Joe Heitz. Perfectly cellared and in pristine condition. Excellent ullage still within the neck. Magnum #1074/1200.
First made by Joe Heitz in 1966, Martha’s Vineyard was arguably the most coveted Cabernet at the birth of modern California wine. And after the great 1966, magnificent vintages in 1968, 1970, 1974 and 1985 secured Martha’s position as the finest of its generation.
Rated 98 points by Wine Spectator Issue: Apr 30, 1990
“Has arrestingly rich, complex currant, black cherry, spice,. Minty flavors echo on the finish. Best to cellar. Best from 1996 through 2000. 3,800 cases made.”
“In some tastings this wine has been controversial because it was alleged to have a damp, woody, musty character. In the March tasting (my seventh look at this brilliant wine), I found it once again to be clean and hardly controversial – unless explosive richness and ripeness, as well as gobs of sweet fruit presented in a full-bodied, powerful style are objectionable. The wine was more developed and open than I expected. The mint/eucalyptus character, which can be extremely intense in the Martha’s Vineyard cuvee, was presented in a subtle fashion. Expansive and chewy, with superb ripe fruit and concentration, this wine should continue to drink well for 10-20 years.” – 94 points, Robert Parker (April 1995)