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Dana estate vertical and horizontal 2013-16

Restaurant Löwen, Meilen

Tasted June 13, 2019 by sirpat00 with 275 views

Introduction

Andreas Putzi and Beatrice Arnosti (from Putzi's Weinresidenz) hosted a small group dinner with a Dana vertical / horizontal (or as I like to call it: a vertizontal) of all Dana vineyards incl. the sister winery Vaso with winemaker Chris Cooney.

Winemaker remarks:
Chris spends 70% of his time in the vineyard where everything is being farmed organically. The vineyards are located on the East side of the valley where there‘s compressed ash, elevated sea bed soils and rock. Currently all grapes are estate-grown, but Dana is also looking into contracting external grapes to increase production – but they would need to find someone who shares their philosophy. Helms was the first vineyard (around 2005) with Lotus, Crystal Springs and parts of Hershey following in 2006. All estates are located on the hillside with the exception of Helms which is down in the valley. Dana has a core team of 7 people that come every year for the sorting, but apart from that it‘s getting harder and harder to find people.

We asked which wines he made Chris was the most proud of: 2016 Sauv Blanc and 2016 Hershey were his answers without hesitation. We also wondered which vineyards were most difficult to farm. Chris explained Lotus has well drained soils (no extra canopy) and looks the same year in and year out and is hence easiest to grow. Hershey, the coolest of the vineyards, is most challenging and always testament to how well the winemaker reacts to the season. Dana is moving towards dry farming and that helps the grapes to develop resistance. Depending on soil type dry farming can be tough, especially for Lotus which is basically growing on rocks that don't hold any water (dry farmed a few rows in 2015 and they turned out to be too ripe). Hershey, on the other hand, could be dry farmed in 2016 (more clay).

Helms, Lotus and Hershey are all ~90% new barrels. Production is around 300 cases per year for Helms, Lotus and Hershey and ~1,000 for Onda. The most rare is the Sauvignon Blanc of which they produce only around 100 cases.

Selected comments on the vintages:
2013: A very dry vintage with only 6 inches of rain (vs 36 normally).
2014: Crop levels were the highest since 1997 in Napa with bigger and more berries per cluster (16% heavier than the 2013). But for Data, fewer lots made it into the wines and the estate actually produced less for 2014 than for 2013 despite an overall volume that was 50% higher.
2015: Dry vintage, but warmer earlier than previous vintages and hence with earlier harvests (approx. 1 week earlier than the previous earliest vintage).

Selected comments on the estates
Vaso: A blend of all vineyards but with a backbone from Hershey (planted in 2 phases, 2000 and 2008). The first vintage was 2006. 2014 is closest to 100% cab while the others (2013, 2015, 2016) are 85% cab with some merlot, petit verdot and malbec. The Vaso has a higher production „for the wider audience“ of 2,500-3,800 cases, depending on the vintage.
Onda: A blend of all vineyards but with the heart being Crystal Springs (right below Lotus) which is very flat for a hillside vineyard. Oldest vines of the estate planted in 1997/98.

Tasting summary and highlights:
The 22 wines line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. Wine of the night was the Lotus 2016 (99), followed by Lotus 2015 and Hershey 2016 (both 98).

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White
2015 Dana Estates Sauvignon Blanc Hershey Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
97 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
We tasted both the 2015 and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc's and I daresay both were excellent with toast, gooseberry (more the 2016), and grapefruit (2015 with pink grapefruit, 2016 more with white grapefruit). The 2015 had slightly more new oak (30% new French oak, in 270l barrels called „ciagar box“) than the 2016, but Chris Cooney, the winemaker, explained he would like to go to 15-20% over time. 2015 was a warmer season with more phenols in the skin. The complexity of the 2015 was further expanded with lemon zest (Chris said lemon custard), cool minerality and a creamy, fatty body whereas the 2016 in my view was more herbal with some greenish notes. Ultimately in my view the 2015 wins (97) against the 2016 (95) although Chris thought it was the other way round.
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White
2016 Dana Estates Sauvignon Blanc Hershey Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
95 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
We tasted both the 2015 and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc's and I daresay both were excellent with toast, gooseberry (more the 2016), and grapefruit (2015 with pink grapefruit, 2016 more with white grapefruit). The 2015 had slightly more new oak (30% new French oak, in 270l barrels called „ciagar box“) than the 2016, but Chris Cooney, the winemaker, explained he would like to go to 15-20% over time. 2015 was a warmer season with more phenols in the skin. The complexity of the 2015 was further expanded with lemon zest (Chris said lemon custard), cool minerality and a creamy, fatty body whereas the 2016 in my view was more herbal with some greenish notes. Ultimately in my view the 2015 wins (97) against the 2016 (95) although Chris thought it was the other way round.

Flight 2 (4 notes)

Red
2013 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Vaso USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Ripe, just a tad jammy fruit with highly delineated cassis, some cool rock minerality, a very fine spicey coating and Provence herbs. Light as a feather on the palate with perfect balance, great freshness even though for some the tannins felt a bit rough and not (yet) well integrated. Maybe lacking a wee bit tension on the palate would be the only criticism I can think of.
Red
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Vaso USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
No signs of being closed unlike other 2014 Napa cabs currently. Darker fruit profile, more dense and some slightly sweet oak or toast. Soft texture and harmonious on the palate, showing more fruity and few herbaceous notes with a decent length finish.
Red
2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Vaso USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Less intense in the nose compared to neighbouring vintages, maybe closed somewhat at the moment. Ripe, freshly picked fruit, fine cedar, some vanilla. Quite some tension on the palate, acidic finish.
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Red
2016 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Vaso USA, California, Napa Valley
96 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Great precision with cassis fruit and herbs so distinguished that it felt as if served on separate plates. Some baking spices, sweet vanilla. Firm structure but a with a rough texture still and not perfectly integrated. I see great potential for this one once all pieces fall into their places. The winner of the 2013-16 Vaso series for me.
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Flight 3 (4 notes)

Red
2013 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Onda USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Blackberry fruit, a bit of scorched earth, perfumed. Some fresh herbs. An edgy palate with lots of character and an intricate structure.
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Red
2013 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
94 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
A more jammy fruit profile, dried tea leaves and less herbal and spicy than other vineyards. Juicy palate with good balance but not fully tamed (tannins with a lot of grip).
Red
2013 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
96 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Great freshness. Lots of ripe and freshly picked cherries and some cassis, maybe the most typical Dana wine for a Napa cab. Some minerality. Tannins are still mouth-coating and will need to integrate a bit more. But otherwise fresh, good tension, complex texture and a firm structure. 96+
Red
2013 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
95 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
More bramble berry than cassis. High density of aromas with mineral overlays, some leather and perfume. Tannins also with a lot of grip, similar to Lotus 2013.
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Flight 4 (4 notes)

Red
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Onda USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Ripe fruit, round, some cool rocky minerality. Very subtle spicy and herbal notes. Great softness on the palate, tannins better integrated than for 2013. Fresh and light structure, but lacking character I found when compared to the other vintages and estates.
Red
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
94 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Intense fruit on both the nose and the palate. Maybe more red than dark. Some graphite. Aromatics a bit more narrow than for the other vineyards of the vintage.
Red
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
96 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Herbaceous with thyme, rather red fruit and some perfume. Elegant and light but with layered flavours on the palate. Tannins present but well integrated and balanced with freshness and fruit. More elegant and with a softer touch than the 2013. 96+
Red
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
97 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
This came across almost cool in terms of style despite a clearly ripe fruit. Just a drop of vanilla in the mix with an oaky, wooden layer around lots of fruity intensity. A quite powerful palate with more punch than for the other vineyards of the vintage. Also some sweet notes to be found here. Delicate, sexy, intriguing. A great wine.
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Flight 5 (4 notes)

Red
2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Onda USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Brambleberry and raspberry, lots of minerality with ash and maybe even coal. Fresh and creamy palate but if put on a scale probably not entirely balanced.
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Red
2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
95 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Dark aromatics with some leather, but also a sting of brighter berry fruit. A bit of spices (savoury) and hints of mint. Light and clean on the palate with a fruity texture. 95+
Red
2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
98 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Sweetish fruit and singular with a peppery spiceyness to it. Incredibly beguiling palate with such a smooth texture that the juice just slides down your throat. You simply can't resist taking one sip after the other.
Red
2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
97 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Once more a cool feel to the aromatics. Savoury and herbal (more clay in the soil we were told). Blackberry fruit. Very present tannins provide for a full body. More powerful and intense, heavier and richer than the others but without losing the Dana signature weightlessness.

Flight 6 (4 notes)

Red
2016 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Onda USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
A fresh, more red type of fruit. Fresh herbs just stopping short of mint. Super light and fresh on the palate.
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Red
2016 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
96 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
A pure fruit, maybe best described as crispy. Sweet oak flavours, hints of vanilla and baking spices. Well structured, multi-layered on the palate. Signature lightness, sweet fruit and minerality. Probably the best Helms in the 2013-16 line-up.
Red
2016 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
99 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
This is borderline perfect. Sweet spices, ripe blue berries, fine cedar wood. Seamless integration of acidity, tannins (you totally forget about them if you don‘t think about it) and alcohol. This has a beguiling elegance to it that is impossible to resist. Beautiful in an effortless way. Long finish with sweet woodenness and fruit.
Red
2016 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
98 points
Dana Estates vertical / horizontal – I am trying to coin "vertizontal" – with 22 wines in Zurich. The line-up included all vintages 2013-16 for all estates (including Vaso) and two vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc. The consistency I encountered here was amazing. Powerful yet elegant and light on the palate is a description that worked for almost all vintages and estates (including the Vaso). Of these vintages the 2016 stood out as exceptional, but I was also quite fond of the (controversial) 2013. In terms of estates Lotus and Hershey are playing in a league of their own. The "budget" Vaso is punching on par with Onda and Helms and hence offers great value for money. See the tasting story for more background and winemaker comments.

Tasting note:
Ripe, dark but red fruit. More classical sweet oak flavours in this vintage, but less pronounced power. On the palate harmonious on any dimension you can imagine.
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