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The Trailside Vineyard is a prime slice of Rutherford dirt, hugging the Silverado Trail on its east side and descending at a grade of roughly 2% until its opposite boundary nudges the banks of the Conn Creek.
This fertile belt of gravelly, well-drained soil stretches out on the eastern side of the valley where the trellised plants can soak up the radiant afternoon sunshine. The vines consistently produce deep purple grapes bursting with an extra ripeness and intensity that flaunts their Rutherford pedigree. In keeping with their tradition of seeking the best fruit in the valley for their wines, the Heitz family originally purchased grapes grown on this tract of land in the early 1980s.
"In 1984, when this vineyard went on the auction block, we jumped on it. We knew it had great potential in the right hands to establish a powerful identity of its own."
- David Heitz, Winemaker
The fish, frogs, turtles and other wildlife that share Trailside Vineyard's riparian outskirts undoubtedly appreciate Heitz Wine Cellars' certified organic farming practices as much as our customers do.
As one of the earliest properties in Napa County to enroll in the Fish Friendly Farming Program, Heitz Wine Cellars was presented with an award recognizing Excellence in Stream Habitat and Restoration.
We are currently participating in a restoration project that will improve the water quality and wildlife habitat of Conn Creek, which is a tributary of the Napa River. Heitz Wine Cellars intends to make sure that our Trailside Vineyard and its delightful community of flora and fauna continues to thrive for generations to come.
Tasting Notes: A single glance at the deep garnet hue of this Cabernet heralds the lushness of the wine.
With youthful exuberance, the wine leaps from the glass with aromas of fresh-picked blackberry, and a touch of rich cocoa. The aromatics continue onto the palate with a delightful, lingering finish and an alluring sweetness. True to the cool 2010 vintage, this wine is dense and powerful.
We predict great things for this Cabernet – it has all the components of a very age-worthy wine.