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Heitz Wine Cellars Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Simon Chen rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

LCBO A Night of Napa @ Toronto - not sure if the wine needs some decanting to open up. Very muted nose and on the palate, it's plummy, licorice, and green pepper. Med+ Structure and Med+ finish.
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Heitz Cellars was the first Napa winery (and poossibly the first notable new world example) to use vineyard designations to classify their more distinctive wines. The obvious example is their legendary 'Marth's Vineyard' Cabernet (not to be confused with Marth's Vineyard, Maryland). The 'Trailside Cabernet' gets somewhat less critical attention, though it is a great wine. It shows a little bit more value than the Martha's Vineyard. This one shows alright now, but it is definitely one for the cellar. This needs so much time to live up to its potential.
Glass-staining ruby, with purple accents.
It smells of macerated blackberry, earth, pipe tobacco, damson, mulberry, black pepper, vanillin, pot pourri, and graphite. Complex, but tightly wound. It took a while to get much out of it - crimes of youth!
You can smell it a foot away from your face, so your expecting an intense flavour profile. It is intense and abundantly fruity, at this stage: toastiness from French oak wraps the abundant blackberry and black cherry in dark chocolate. There's some rustic dustiness to the tannins that gives it some charm too. Black cherry, espresso, smoke, cassis, and thyme.
Pleasurable on its own, but would go great with roast lamb and couscous. Dream pairing would be a wagyu beef burger with roast parsnip fries roasted in duck fat.
David Skinner rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Already showing some lovely deep garnet hues. Blackberry and mocha aromas touched lightly by vanilla. A very full body with plenty of tannins and well-balanced acidity to ensure age worthiness. Cassis flavours and earth tones on the palate. A huge finish. This wine will show best in another 3-5 years.

Perfect for a juicy steak. Stay clear of more delicate meats until some of the tannins have further integrated into the wine

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Heitz Wine Cellars Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. Drink: 2015-2025. 992438 14.60% XD 750 mL  $119.95. April 19, 2016 Gorgeous Gift Wine  Full Review




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