The number of fantastic Napa wines I enjoyed this year could fill a book. Among the most impressive were: 1997 Harlan Estate (100 points), 1997 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (98 points) and 2006 Colgin Estate IX Proprietary Red (98 points). The 1997 vintage kept returning as my clear favourite for Napa Cabernets, far superior to the much-touted 1994 vintage. 2007 is often compared with the 1997 and many Napa producers made fantastic wine in this vintage including this Korean-owned Napa winery whose total production is a mere 700 cases from its total eight hectare site. The 2007 Lotus Vineyard possesses incredible subtlety with layers upon layers of flavours that unfold slowly in the mid-palate and rise to a crescendo in the finish. A fantastic wine that is deserving of its worldwide praise; I rate it 100 points. Tasted in: Hong Kong, China. Maturity: Young.
Utterly perfect is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 100% new French oak. Although limited in availability (220 cases produced), it is a wine of awesome intensity boasting an opaque purple color in addition to a brilliant floral-scented bouquet displaying aromas of cassis, black raspberries, black fruit, and forest floor. Multilayered with terrific intensity as well as a long, nearly 60-second finish, this flawlessly assembled wine is a brilliant example of Cabernet Sauvignon from the St. Helena hillsides. Give it 2-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years. Bravo!
Dana Estate was named after the Sanskrit term meaning “the Spirit of Generosity.” Dana’s wines certainly live up to their name, delivering generously bold, fruit forward, full bodied Napa Cabs.
The winery was established by a South Korean businessman Hi Sang Lee, who was influenced by and consulted with some of the greatest Napa wineries and wine makers including Joseph Phelps and Philippe Melka. With their help and expertise, Lee pushed to produce some of the highest quality and very rare, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon’s in the world focusing on four vineyards: Helms, Hershey, the lauded Lotus as well as their newest vineyard, Crystal Springs. Dana certainly lives up to its name, so in the spirit of Dana estates, be generous to your taste buds and try these incredibly rare gems!
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