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2011 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
Drink between 2013 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • kkazaks wrote: 90 points

    March 12, 2018 - Medium-purple to bright ruby at the rim.

    Fragrant nose of red flowers, black and red licorice, black tea, red currants and plums, fresh cedar, a whirl of baking spices on the top end, very seductive. Overall lots of fresh red fruits and spice

    A bright attack of tart red fruit - red raspberries and red currants, on the midpalate a robust alcohol and tannic quality presents itself.

    Still tightly wound up and really needing time to become most fully itself. Best time period the 2026-2040 window, should be showing then as among the top examples of this vintage.

    90 (potentially 93)

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  • napasoutherner Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 25, 2017 - This is a very good wine but was very light in texture and finish (2011 was like that across the board). Supple and velvety it just didn't bring the power of what Dana usually brings to the table. Floral notes, violets, and vanilla.

  • napasoutherner wrote: 94 points

    October 21, 2016 - Elegant and nice depth. Even for a 2011. A beautiful wine enjoyed with a bone in filet

  • rylanreynolds wrote: 95 points

    June 25, 2016 - 4 hour decant did beautiful things for my first taste of a flagship wine from Dana (had the Onda before). This wine is complex on the nose and palate. Looking forward to trying additional vintages and the Lotus and Hershey vineyards.

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  • Claretman wrote: 90 points

    March 7, 2016 - Tannic and tight, which is interesting in such a challenging vintage, I expect great things from Dana, but just find the Helms struggles when compared to Lotus although this was good for the vintage, just not what one expects at this price point. I find the Togni a similar style wine, for 25% of the cost here.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

    (Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard Rutherford) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013) (link)

    (Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard Rutherford) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168 (link)

    (Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard Rutherford) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dana Estates
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Helms Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Rutherford

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 238 (64%)
  • Consumed 127 (34%)

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