Dana Estates

Dana Estates

Onda Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Young bit classic Cali cab! Smooth. Drinking well despite its you to. A gentle hint of Chocolate on the finish. Very nice. — 2 months ago

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Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier

Clos de la Maréchale Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2018

AEL
9.0

This is great, except for the part where I opened it 5 years too early. After 2 hours, classy floral nose, with rose petals, something else, and a dusty note. Bottle #2 from the case of half bottles Dana got me. — 2 years ago

Vaso

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A
9.3

VASO cellars is essentially Dana Estate’s third label. However, what makes VASO unique is that while it’s a third label, the fruit that is used is the same fruit that goes in to Dana. No young vines or anything like that here. The main difference is the way it is oak aged.

Enjoyed during the WNH virtual tasting with a theme of 2014 Napa cab, chosen by Carl.

Similar to the ‘12 Sauv Blanc I popped, this is also from Dana’s Hershey Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Due to the ‘14 vintage being one that is drinking fairly well now, I assumed this would be close to pop and pour...wrong. Very tightly coiled on day one. Very crunchy and underripe fruits with herbs and baking spice. Re-corked and gave an hour decant on day two and it was immensely better. Sweet toasted oak, violets, charred plum, baked mixed berry pie with some added herbal flair on the nose. More plush on day two but still flexing those powerful mountain tannins. On the palate it is full of rich dark fruits, dark chocolate, mocha, nutmeg, licorice and quite a bit of graphite. It’s dusty, herbal with a good amount of ripe fruit with nice lift. I’d hold for a few more years.
@Mike R , these are very nice wines. Thanks buddy!
— 4 years ago

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@David L @Mike R : I feel crazy for rating the Sauv Blanc better than the cab, but the more I think about it, the more I just can’t believe how good that Sauv Blanc is!
David L

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Doesn’t surprise me at all. That 12 is so good.
Mike R

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Actually this is their second label for the sauv Blanc - the Onda is a red blend and another label but is going away I am told

So glad you liked it bud

Dana Estates

Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Started off very hot, with alcohol hitting in the back of the throat. Maybe not too surprising at 16% ABV. By the end of the meal, was drinking beautifully and had mellowed out with nice integration of alcohol and tannins. As much as I love old world, great Napa cabs never disappoints. 12/25/23 — 2 months ago

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Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2013

AEL
9.0

This is a great Brunello, at a not-crazy price. Heavy, interesting nose w dark fruit and a oregano/basil kind of note. Some chocolate too. Substantial, spicier in palate, long finish. First bottle of half-bottle mixed case from Lower Falls - birthday present from Dana. — 2 years ago

Vaso

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Shay A
9.4

VASO cellars is essentially Dana Estate’s third label. However, what makes VASO unique is that while it’s a third label, the fruit that is used is the same fruit that goes in to Dana. No young vines or anything like that here. The main difference is the way it is oak aged. This SB comes from Dana’s Hershey Vineyard on Howell Mountain.

This is good. Like really good. Would love to try next to Dana’s own SB. 8yrs young and drinking wonderfully...almost shockingly so. This is like a combo of high end Bordeaux Blanc with Aesthete Sauv Blanc. Aromatically, it leaps from the glass with honeyed sea salt, grapefruit, lemongrass and white peach. On the palate, it is so textured and rich, almost creamy. More peach, poached pear, lemon oil, creamsicle, and wet rock. There is good acidity here (still at 8yrs for a Napa SB!), and while the profile is rounded, it’s certainly not flabby. One of the best Napa SBs I’ve tasted and still has a couple years of cruising at peak. I’m going to open my ‘13 soon, but I’m going to hold my ‘15 for a while! Best around cellar temp, don’t get it too cold or it will mute some of the flavors. I owe you for this one,
@Mike R !
— 4 years ago

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Joseph Barsky

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Wine-Searcher shows this up to $290/bottle. The true bottle shock! No Vaso to be found. Would have liked to compare with the Dragonette SB.
David L

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Contact Dana to get on the list. My Dragonette was shipped yesterday. Looking forward to trying it very soon.
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@Billy L. 12 & 15 vintages at $50.

Dana Estates

Vaso Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ripe solid fruit with good depth and structure — 4 months ago

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Dana Estates

Onda D'Oro Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Wow !!! Delicious — 8 months ago

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Dana Estates

Hershey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Delicious. Needs a bit of time to open up in the glass. Weekly zoom happy hour with the Ducks ♥️ — 4 years ago

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I love that. We do the same thing. What’s the meaning behind DUCKS? Something to do with water? 
Anna Sangiacomo

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@David L We all went to college together at Gonzaga Univ. Freshman year the guys named us that cause we went everywhere together, like Ducks 🦆. We are all still fiends after all these years later. The nick name stuck. Probably more info than you wanted. Stay safe & healthy.
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That’s exactly what I wanted to know. Cheers, Anna.

Dana Estates

Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Big fruit. Delicious! — 4 years ago

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