Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard 2011
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Red Wine
The medium ruby/purple-colored 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard was picked between October 28 and November 3 (which gives you an idea of how late, cold and wet this growing season was) and is a shorter, more compact style of wine, no doubt because of the valley floor conditions. An herbal, earthy nose is backed up by some red and black currants as well as a touch of wood. Medium-bodied and smaller sized with less authoritative flavors, it should drink well for 10-12 years.
Dana Estates is a wine producer located in the Napa Valley at the foot of the Mayacamas mountain range. The estate produces a range of premium single-vineyard wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, using strict organic farming principles. The estate is on the site of the Helms Vineyard and Winery that was first built in the 19th Century. When current proprietor Hi Sang Lee bought the property in 2005, the winery was in ruins, with only an old barrel room and few stone walls left. This historic architecture was carefully renovated into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility that today produces approximately 600 cases of wine per year.