A fantastic special selection from Heitz, this is a significant step-up from the regular Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon and tilts more towards the style of Bordeaux with its impressive structure, depth, and complexity. A tremendous bottle at this price point, especially considering the current rates of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, is worth checking out for both domestic and Bordeaux drinkers.
The origin of Lot C-91 begins in the fall of 1969 with the idea that through meticulous site selection and assemblage something more significant can be created than the sum of its parts. This historical cuvée is sourced exclusively from the renowned single vineyards of Heitz Cellar and showcases a most unique expression of the terroir of the Napa Valley. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed sustainably and certified organic by CCOF and Certified Fish Friendly Farming.
Throughout the years, studying Joe’s notes and gaining a deeper understanding of the terroirs of the various parcels has allowed Heitz to resurrect Lot C-91, a historical cuvée with an unprecedented depth, complexity, and aging potential.
In keeping with the original vision, Lot C-91 continues to be sourced from treasured parcels in Western Oakville, Eastern Rutherford, Southeast Howell Mountain, and the foothills of St. Helena and represents a greater step up in quality from the acclaimed Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Aged for nine months in large neutral casks and a combination of new and used French oak, the 2016 Lot C-91 exhibits the density and length of which only the truly great wines of the world are able to achieve. The presence of savory elements such as sage, rosemary, cured meats, and black pepper distinguishes this cuvée also showing excellent fruit like cassis and wild blackberry, as well as tar, menthol, and minerals. With a great tannic backbone, the conclusion of the Lot C-91 on the palate displays incredible complexity and harmony, and those who can afford to be patient will be rewarded for decades to come. This seamless wine rivals other Cabernet Sauvignons at twice the price and is clearly leagues above the regular Heitz Cab.
“Lot C-91 is the culmination of 50 years of tireless effort, trial and error, and the continual desire to make a most unique expression of the heralded vineyards of Heitz Cellar. We are honored to re-release this cuvée, in honor of Joe Heitz.”
James Suckling 96 pts! "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."