Overview of the Wine
A sister of Dana Estates. Single vineyard expression, stewardship of the land, and world-class cabernet.
Dana Estates is the third winery to occupy this piece of vineyard land in the heart of the famed Rutherford Bench. First farmed and developed by German viticulturalist H. W. Helms in 1883. Proprietor Hi Sang Lee bought the property in 2005. The winery was re-designed by renowned architect Howard Backen, keeping the original stone walls as its centerpiece. Hi Sang and Howard worked carefully with winemakers Philippe Melka and Cameron Vawter to ensure that the space and facilities would enable the production of consistently world-class wines.
Dana Estate wines have become rare cult favorites. VASO is their wine sourced from four vineyards, Hershey, on Howell Mountain, Helms on the Rutherford Bench, Crystal Springs on the slopes of Howell Mountain and Lotus, just above Crystal Springs.
Grape / Blend
Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2019 VASO Cabernet Sauvignon represents the warmer season with a plush, inviting entry expressing flavors of blackberry compote, spiced plum, and a long savory finish. The well-integrated, round tannins and low oak impact highlight the silky mouthfeel and vibrancy of the fruit. On the palate the wine opens with toasty almonds, baked strawberries, leading to savory herbs, and a creamy milk chocolate finish. This vintage presented rich, elegant wines with broad tannins and silky a mouthfeel. This approachable wine is beautiful now and will age gracefully as time passes.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (2018)
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Vaso is cut from the same cloth, offering beautiful purity and richness. It’s slightly more pure and darker than the spicier 2017 and has notes of cassis, redcurrants, dark chocolate, tobacco, and violets. Full-bodied on the palate, it has silky tannins, terrific overall balance, and just loads of character and charm. It’s in the running for the greatest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under $100.
Product size: 750ml