1/11/10

The Perfect Cabernet - Dana 2007 Lotus Vineyard


Let’s aim high and start the year with a little perfection.

At least Robert Parker thinks so…

Arguably the world’s most famous and influential wine critic, Robert Parker has been tasting and rating wines for many years. Occasionally a wine garners that impressive perfect rating…the 100 point bottle.

Which brings us to Korean businessman Hi Sang Lee who purchased 30 acres of the notable Rutherford property from the Livingston family earlier this decade. His plan…produce a blockbuster Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Enlisting the services of star winemaker Philippe Melka and viticulturist Pete Richmond and building a world-class winery designed by renowned architect Howard Backen, the Dana Estates wines are serious stuff!

Three vineyard specific Cabernets are produced, the Helms, Hershey and Lotus bottling. The 2005 Helms was the first release (94 points – Parker) followed by the remaining vineyards in 2006. Now with the 2007 wines, all three have improved steadily with the Lotus vineyard reaching perfection per Parker’s palate.

As with many of the Napa Cult Cabernets, the Dana wines are limited production and priced to reflect their exclusivity and quality. However, if you have the opportunity to sample one of these Napa Valley gems, it will be an occasion to remember. Highly recommended..!

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