Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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The 2012 vintage shows beautiful purity of fruit, leaping from the glass with notes of dark cherry, boysenberry and dried savory herbs. On the palate, fresh plums are enveloped in soft, plush tannins. The typical "dusty" tannin profile is balanced by a wonderful acidity that provides lift on the palate and a long, clean finish. Approachable at a young age but will age gracefully, becoming more complex through 2025.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Spring Mountain District
Brand Dana Estates
Alcohol/vol 14.8%
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rutherford AVA, has a dense black cherry and blackcurrant-scented nose with graphite and forest floor notes, beautiful purity, full-bodied mouthfeel and super-richness and power, but elegant and complex. This is classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and should age beautifully for 20-25 years. This estate, thoroughly modernized and brought to world-class quality by Korean proprietor Hi Sang Lee and his son, has considerable history, having been a winery and vineyard first planted in 1883 by H.W. Helms. All of these are relatively small-lot Cabernet Sauvignons, generally ranging from 200 or so cases, to as many as 800 cases.

Robert Parker
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorDense and pleasantly earthy, with an edge of loamy earth and crushed rock minerality cutting through the core of currant, blackberry and mocha before the dense, earthy tannins fold in. The finish is long and engaging. Drink now through 2030. 284 cases made.

James Laube, October 31, 2015