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  • Country ranking ?

    21
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables

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The Story

Out of the three Dana Estate owned vineyards, the Lotus vineyard located on St. Helena hillsides, stands at 1200 feet above sea level with a beautiful panoramic view of the Napa Valley floor.

This steep hillside vineyard is spread over the rocky, low-yielding soils with Western exposure. Thanks to the influence of the afternoon sun, the wines shows ripe and rich fruitiness while the three to twelve inches, fractured grey bedrock soil generates the marked mineral structure to the wine.

“This is incredibly dry, well-drained soil that has very low water holding capacity and in dry, warm vintages it reflects outstanding a level of grape ripeness,” Vawter sums up. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Long, Round and Extensive

nose

Youthful, Opulent and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Perfectly balanced, Full-bodied, Rich, Ripe and Elegant

Verdict

Transparent and nice but not special

Written Notes

Firm, dense and concentrated, with a tight core of chewy blackberry, gravel, graphite, black licorice and cedar, ending with gripping tannins and a pretty floral scent.

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Origin

St Helena, Napa Valley

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #186
Dec 2009
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 2011 - 2036 $1199-$1350 (275)
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! 

One can't say enough about what proprietor Hi Sang Lee and his son, both from Seoul, Korea, have accomplished at what used to be called the Livingston-Moffett Estate in Rutherford. They have dramatically transformed that estate into their Helms Vineyard, to which they have added the Lotus Vineyard from the St. Helena hillsides and the Hershey Vineyard on Howell Mountain. The consulting winemaker is Philippe Melka, and as the following notes attest, their 2007s are off the charts. Moreover, the 2008s look strong, although there is no Howell Mountain Cabernet since that vineyard was completely wiped out because of spring frosts.
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