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2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
Drink between 2018 - 2035 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • wxs2102 Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 22, 2021 - A little young and shy but plenty to offer with 2 hours of air time. Drank at Bowery Meat NYC. Incredible nose, long and multifaceted mouthfeel with creamy vanilla, plenty of expensive new oak to boost, creme, cassis, ripe fruit and lingering finish. Room to improve with 5-10 years of further cellaring. Decadent, extravagant, meticulous.

  • JJB007 Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 29, 2019 - better with a long decant

  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    June 17, 2019 - Dana Estates 2013-2016: Once-in-a-lifetime tasting with winemaker Chris Cooney. We tasted the past 4 vintages (2013- 2016) of all their wines. Conclusions: 1) Incredibly high level: 93 as lowest score, many 95/96s and one 98 point wine (I rarely go so high in such broad tastings where you can't follow the wine over 5h). 2) Main reasons: weightless structure (not many Napa wines achieve that level), very elegant, high aromatic intensity, complexity and precision, perfect ripeness. 3) "Entry-level" wines (Vaso - great in 13/16, Onda - always a bit too fat) are very good but do not have the length or elegance (Onda) of the big 3, which each have a distinctive profile: Helms is probably the most purely perfumed (but overall a tad behind the others), Lotus is the most hedonistic and dense wine, Hershey the most complex, intellectual wine. 4) Wine of the Night? Probably the Lotus 2014. But others might likely surpass it one day (Hershey 13/16, Lotus 16). The 3 big wines got a 2-4 hour decant (which did good), all others PnPed.

    TN: Dana’s Helms wines are marked by its pure fruit expression, are very perfumed. In terms of complexity and hedonistic pleasure a tad behind Lotus and Hershey in all vintages. All wines share, however, the very fine structure, the weightless frame hardly seen to that (consistent) degree in Napa Valley wines. No heavy bombs, no dense sweet wines. In this vintage the minerality, smoke and earthy tones came more forward and built a nice counterbalance to the intense pure and sweet blackberry fruit. Surprisingly, this wine had still some tannins which were not yet perfectly integrated but that’s just a matter of time. Great today, better in a few years. 95-96 points.

  • sirpat00 Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 13, 2019 - Dana estate vertical and horizontal 2013-16 (Restaurant Löwen, Meilen): 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+

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley's Incredible 2016s, 1/31/2019 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018 (link)

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  • By James Suckling
    2/14/2018 (link)

    (Dana Estates Napa Valley Rutherford Helms Vineyard, Red, United States) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Antonio Galloni
    Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets (Jan 2018), 1/18/2018 (link)

    (Dana Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016 (Dec 2016), 12/1/2016 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • 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 8 (2%)
  • In Cellars 335 (82%)
  • Consumed 64 (16%)

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