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2015 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2022 - 2050 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 2

  • 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 Hershey wines are the most complex and intellectual wines of the three marked by the elegance and weightlessness, the subtle aroma delivery, the perfect balance like no other wine in the lineup. These wines are soft like the finest Bordeauxs but they’re not Bordeaux in style but still distinctively Napa. This is certainly one of the finest wines Napa Valley has to offer if you’re looking for more than just sexy sweet Napa monsters. This is the best 2015 in the lineup. This cool sites produces an intellectual wine even in a hot and dry vintage where other wines show fat and opulence. Again a lot of minerality, earth and herbs, with sweet red and dark fruit, a nice nutty component with roasted almonds. Long, balanced and fine. Amazing. 95 to 96 points today but with upside for more!

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  • sirpat00 Likes this wine: 97 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:
    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.

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

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

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

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    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 Hershey Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (4%)
  • In Cellars 264 (80%)
  • Consumed 54 (16%)

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