Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Rutherford|
Helms vineyard consists of five acres on gravelly loam, right on the northern edge of the Rutherford bench, planted in 1997 and 1998. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and slips seductively out of the glass with compelling scents of blackberry pie, baked black cherries and warm cassis with hints of raspberry leaves, tilled black loam, truffles and tar. The full-bodied palate is satisfyingly rich and plush, yet it has a fantastic backbone of freshness lifting all the opulent fruit to a long, lively, mineral-tinged finish. 254 cases were made.
From vines planted around the estate in Rutherford, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard sports a deep purple hue as well as gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, tobacco, crushed rock-like minerality, lead pencil, and forest floor. Just pure, unadulterated Cabernet Sauvignon on both the nose and palate, it has a Chateau Lafite-like elegance and minerality as well as its hallmark lead pencil character, medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It's bigger and richer than the Lotus Vineyard Cabernet, yet its balance, purity, and elegance stand out just as much. It will offer pleasure for 30 years or more.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard, from Dana's estate vineyard in Rutherford, turned out beautifully. Gracious, perfumed and medium in body, the 2017 is exquisite. Rose petal, spice and mint aromatics play off a core of sweet red berry fruit. Readers will find a sensual, highly nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense heat had the effect of shutting down ripeness. As a result, the 2017 is lighter in body and a bit lower in alcohol than the norm. The 2017 is truly impressive, and just gets better with time in the glass.
Well-built, this broad-shouldered wine features a core of currant and blackberry paste flavors, while notes of apple wood and tar wrap the finish. Shows the slightly chewy, brambly edge of the vintage but retains ample stuffing and energy. Best from 2021 through 2032. 254 cases made.