1984 Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley California USA
This was one of those rare too good to be true vintages that was big in size and ranged from good to excellent in quality. The harvest was early due to a hot spell that kicked it off and a long period of warm weather followed to keep harvesters busy. The Cabernets responded by offering generous highly concentrated flavors, and high tannin levels. Even by California standards, the wines were huge, powerful and ultra-ripe.
Rated 97 Points Wine Spectator
A beautiful wine, one of the great Martha's ever, rich, elegant, loaded with refreshing black cherry, mint, and chocolate flavors that are the hallmark of Martha's Vineyard. Smooth and supple yet with the stuffing and tannins for long aging. 4,421 cases made.
Rated 92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
With coaxing, a surprisingly tight bouquet offers up damp, woodsy aromas intermixed with scents of mint and ripe cassis. Full-bodied, firm, and admirably concentrated, with a wonderful layered palate, this impressively-endowed wine requires another 4-5 years of cellaring. The wine may be going through a closed stage of development as this bottle was less impressive than past tastings.