96 points John Gilman
The 1968 vintage was the first truly legendary Martha’s Vineyard bottling and its reputation has been stellar since the wine was first released in 1973. At age forty-three, the wine remains absolutely at its zenith and is drinking stunningly well. The bouquet is deep, wide open and brilliant, as it soars from the glass in a melange of red and black cherries, a touch of chocolate, a beautiful signature note of fresh mint, woodsmoke, Rutherford dust, a touch of petroleum jelly, red curry and a topnote of orange zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, very pure and absolutely a point, with a sappy core of fruit, a beautiful base of soil, great focus, bright, tangy acids and flawless balance on the very, very long and utterly seamless finish. This is a legendary vintage of Martha’s Vineyard that remains at its absolute apogee. (6/2011)
It’s the consistency of style and the complexity the wine develops with age that sets the Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet apart from many of its contemporaries. Having tasted most of the Heitz wines on numerous occasions, I’m hard-pressed to pick favorites. For example, from the 1960s, the debut 1966 and the 1968 and 1969 vintages remain excellent wines. The ’68 is considered a classic, very rich and concentrated, while Heitz had a fondness for the more elegant 1969. (JL, “The Magic of Martha’s Vineyard”) (11/2003)
No issues. Perfect considering its age.