2017 Heitz Trailside Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Since 1984, this outstanding vineyard has been part of the Heitz estate and produces one of our three, single-vineyard cabernet sauvignons. Nestled between Silverado Trail and Conn Creek on the fertile, eastern side of the Rutherford appellation, only the best blocks are selected for this terroir-driven cabernet sauvignon.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed sustainably and certified organic by CCOF and Certified Fish Friendly Farming.
Located at the base of the Vaca Mountain range along the eastern edge of Rutherford, the Trailside Vineyard captures the heart of the Rutherford terroir, vinified in our classic Heitz style. The well-drained volcanic soil of this parcel allows the vineyard to convey the essence of the growing season, year after year. 2016 was a near-perfect growing season in the Napa Valley. We see this evoked in Trailside; vibrant notes of rustic red fruit, rosemary, sage, and thyme are all supported by mouthwatering tannins and a soft and luxurious finish. Aged for four years in our cellar followed by a one-year in the bottle, this wine was created with your immediate enjoyment in mind and will continually evolve over the next 20+ years.
On the palate, the 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays a variety of soft and elegant red fruits such as wild raspberry, ripe strawberry, and red currant. The undertones of Western Red Cedar and fresh turned potting soil evoke an old world earthiness that remains true to classic style of Cabernet Sauvignon from decades past.
Wine Enthusiast 92
Thick in black fruit, soy and leather, this is a concentrated and well-structured wine, showing plenty of ability to age. Sinewy and still tight, it shows the warmth of the vintage and underlying freshness that helps to balance and broaden. Enjoy best from 2027–2032.
Wine Spectator 91
Reserved in style, with mint, tea and sandalwood aromas leading the way for a fine-grained core of damson plum and red currant coulis. A subtle savory edge winds through the finish, which lingers prettily. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90
Heitz's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is predominantly St. Helena fruit, but it includes grapes from other AVAs as well. With its cherry notes and some darker, more cassis-like nuances, hints of dried herbs and dusty earth, it's pretty classic old-school Cabernet. Medium to full-bodied, it's linear, silky and fine, avoiding any sense of jammy excess.