2015 dana estates, helms vineyard cabernet sauvignon, rutherford
Why We're Buying
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is always in demand. The white grand vin prominently features sauvignon blanc with dashes of Sémillon and sauvignon gris and retails for more than $125 per bottle. It's also appreciated 52.5% from 2017 to 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard has a gregarious nose of freshly crushed black currants, black berries and mulberries with touches of red roses, Indian spices, dried mint and unsmoked cigars. Medium-bodied, fine, fresh and elegantly styled, it delivers tons of black berry and spicy layers with a fine-grained backbone and very long, lively finish. Bottled in June 2017, 225 cases were made.
Just about pure perfection, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard comes from vines around the estate, just outside of Rutherford, which were planted in 1997. Sensational notes of crème de cassis, burning embers, bay leaf, and graphite all flow to a full-bodied 2015 that has a deep, layered, multi-dimensional texture that’s hard to describe. With building structure and a beautiful floral character that emerges with time in the glass, perfect balance, and a huge finish, this quintessential Napa Cabernet will benefit from a few years of bottle age and cruise for 3-4 decades. Bravo!