Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 / 750 ml.

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VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2014
Dana’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard possesses remarkable structure and density, especially within the context of the year. Firm yet well-integrated tannins give the wine much of its energy, tension and focus. Black cherry jam, graphite, smoke and tobacco add nuance as the wine opens up in the glass. Far from an easygoing 2012, the Helms is going to need time to fully come together. There is so much to look forward to here. This is the first vintage since 2008 that was vinified in wood uprights, as was originally intended. The intervening vintages have been much shorter, so they were done in barrel. The 2012 impresses for its balance of fruit, acidity and tannin.
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2014
The 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.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2015
Dense 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.

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The 2013 vintage shows incredible complexity with plum, cassis, sage, dried savory herbs, cured meat, wet slate, and tangerine peel. On the palate, the wine is precise and focused. Full bodied, yet light and lively with plum, blackberry, hints of ginger and nutmeg, and fine grained tannins. The Rutherford “dust” shows in the cocoa powder textured tannins supporting a long rich layered finish. A pleasure now but will age gracefully through 2030.

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VN96 96 pts. / Vinous (Dec 2014)

Dana’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard possesses remarkable structure and density, especially within the context of the year. Firm yet well-integrated tannins give the wine much of its energy, tension and focus. Black cherry jam, graphite, smoke and tobacco add nuance as the wine opens up in the glass. Far from an easygoing 2012, the Helms is going to need time to fully come together. There is so much to look forward to here. This is the first vintage since 2008 that was vinified in wood uprights, as was originally intended. The intervening vintages have been much shorter, so they were done in barrel. The 2012 impresses for its balance of fruit, acidity and tannin.

RP96 96 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (30th Oct 2014)

The 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.

SP94 94 pts. / Wine Spectator (Oct 31, 2015)

Dense 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.

Description / Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 / 750 ml.

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The 2013 vintage shows incredible complexity with plum, cassis, sage, dried savory herbs, cured meat, wet slate, and tangerine peel. On the palate, the wine is precise and focused. Full bodied, yet light and lively with plum, blackberry, hints of ginger and nutmeg, and fine grained tannins. The Rutherford “dust” shows in the cocoa powder textured tannins supporting a long rich layered finish. A pleasure now but will age gracefully through 2030.

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SKU 42542
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Rutherford
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.8%
Brand Dana Estates
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2012
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2014
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SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2015
Rustic and pleasantly chewy, this offers a rich, extracted core of dusty currant and blackberry flavors, ending with a stream of gravel, anise, tar and cedar notes. Drink now through 2028. 1,000 cases made.

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