Heitz Cellar Lot C-91 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker Notes

The palate of the 2016 Lot C-91 exhibits the density and length that only the truly great wines of the world are capable of. The soft expression of red and black fruits are a result of harvesting earlier while the fruit is still fresh and vibrant and having patience as the wine undergoes one of the longest aging regimens in the region. A clear differentiation between the Napa Valley Cabernet and the Lot C-91 is the presence of savory elements such as sage, rosemary, cured meats, and black pepper. This patient approach allows for the integration of tannin, alcohol, acidity, and fruit. The result is a wine of incredible complexity and harmony, that is true to the place it comes from.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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. Joe envisioned Lot C-91 as a greater step up in quality from the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with a higher quality of fruit sourcing, coming exclusively from the sought-after single vineyards of Heitz Cellar. 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.

Critical Acclaim

JS96 James Suckling
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.
The 2016 Heitz Cellar Lot C-91—which began its history in 1969 when the only vintage from this legendary lot was ever produced—is a wine of outstanding authenticity tying the past to the present and into the future. My notes on Heitz Cellar wines span five decades of tasting. I am not sure if I ever tasted the 1969 Lot C-91, but I did taste plenty of the family's wines. TASTING NOTES: This wine exhibits true aromas and flavors that one would expect from the Napa Valley—earth, dust, savory spices, black fruit, pencil lead. This is the real thing. Served it with grilled, well-marbled steak topped with diced shallots and a few twists of whole black peppercorns. (Tasted: August 14, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
TP94 Tasting Panel
Rich plum nose, velvety, ripe, and elegant. Complex, dense, and classic, balanced and long.
WS93 Wine Spectator
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.