Heitz Cellar

Lot C-91
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 165


Heitz Cellar

Lot C-91

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • A hidden treasure in our wine library, the original Lot C-91 was made only one time, in 1969
  • Fifty years later, we are inspired to again craft a small blended selection of our finest Cabernet Sauvignon for Premiere Napa Valley
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our top sites in the Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena nested appellations
  • Aging in oak tanks for one year, new French Limousin oak barrels for three years, and then one year in bottle

When the Lawrence family acquired Heitz Cellar in April 2018, they discovered a single dusty bottle in the wine library; a bottle of 1969 Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon. After researching, we discovered wine collectors around the world had a few rare bottles in their cellar as well. Upon learning its origin and Joe Heitz’s inspiration for this singular bottling 50 years prior, we knew that it was time to rekindle the essence of this remarkable cuvée. In order to express the very best of Napa Valley, our winemaker began blending trials of our single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons in barrel, kept separate throughout their élevage. Sampling from barrels of our Oakville, Rutherford, Howell Mountain and St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon, Brittany Sherwood found the perfect marriage of these outstanding standalone wines. After blending, the wine continues to age in 100 percent new, French Limousin oak barrels for three years, followed by aging in bottle for an additional year. With the breadth of estate terroir that Heitz Cellar is fortunate to cultivate, we are able to create the quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon that embodies the elegance, ruggedness, refinement and balance that is uniquely Napa Valley.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Brittany Sherwood

Winemaker, Heitz Cellar

Winemaker, Brittany Sherwood

Growing up in Long Beach, Brittany Sherwood was fascinated with biology and living organisms—an interest that ultimately led to her enrollment in the pre-med program at UC Davis. While taking “Introduction to Winemaking” to fulfill a course requirement, she discovered that the class opened up a whole new world of what living organisms could be. “I saw how winemaking is an amazing blend of science and art. Plus I realized there is this whole other side to life, with food, wine and travel.”

Brittany quickly shifted her major to Viticulture and Enology. She took advantage of a work-study program in Europe, using her time there to gather invaluable experience in the wine regions of France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. When she came back to the States, she interned in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Brittany joined Heitz Cellar to work the 2012 vintage. “I felt profoundly lucky to be able to be part of this Napa Valley legacy,” she says. Following the harvest, Brittany traveled to Australia's Barossa region to expand her knowledge and when she returned in June 2013, Heitz welcomed her as an official member of the team.

As Heitz Cellar’s Winemaker, Brittany works closely with vineyard management, from poring over thinning schedules in summer to choosing smaller picks between blocks at harvest: “There is a lot of collaboration so that at the end of the day we are making the best decisions possible.” She oversees and manages the production and laboratory team to ensure quality every step of the way from crush and fermentation to the wines’ extensive aging and determining when they are ready for bottling. “All my travel allowed me to work with many different winemakers and to see how they managed quality control and analysis in different kinds of facilities,” she notes. “I was able to bring that breadth of knowledge back to Heitz with me.”

Brittany’s approach to winemaking is one of minimal intervention that highlights each vineyard’s unique qualities as well as vintage expression. “I want to craft wines that are respectful of both the site and the vintage and that showcase these qualities in a fresh, age-worthy, classic style,” she explains.

Under the Lawrence family’s leadership, Brittany is excited to carry the winery’s traditions forward. “At Heitz Cellar, I have gained a profound appreciation of a classic style of winemaking and deep respect for this winery’s history,” she explains, while also welcoming the opportunity this moment presents. “The transition between winemakers should be seamless but can also allow for a fresh perspective and a personal touch.”

Brittany lives in Napa with her husband Tom. Their perfect day away from work involves hiking or any kind of outdoor activity, and they enjoy traveling the world together.

Country born: United States of America

Education: University of California Davis- BS in Viticulture and Enology with a minor in Managerial Economics
UC Davis Winemaking Study Abroad in France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Internships in Oregon and Australia
Greatest mentors are David Heitz and Eric White

Years in the wine industry: 9 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
"Our philosophy has always been to produce Napa Valley wines in a classic, elegant style that showcases true varietal characteristics and specific vineyard locations. My personal influence is to refine that sense of purity and hone our techniques using new technology while respecting and continuing our history and legacy."

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley V Appellations 24
Heitz Cellar 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lot C-91 24
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