A couple years ago we purchased a case of Heitz 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. With a soft smooth start, tropical fruit and citrus notes in the middle, and a bright acidity on the finish, it was wonderful to have on hand for pop-in guests, or for a glass with dinner in the middle or the week. A month ago we finally visited the winery for a tasting.
Located on Highway 29, Heitz’ tasting room, is right in the middle of all the action. The building is smaller than many wineries, but with super high ceilings and a nice, cozy atmosphere. Heitz is one of the few wineries left that does not charge for a tasting. We tried a number of wines, including the current release of Sauvignon Blanc 2011, 2006 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Ink Grade Port.
I must say, their 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite among the wines we tasted. The Ink Grade Port is quite good too – rich, sweet, round, and a bit syrupy like a thin honey, with bold berry flavors.
Heitz Wine Cellars
436 St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, California