Anakota

Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3204 ratings
9.245 pro ratings
Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
LM Segal

Rich nose full of charcoal and minerals. So damned primary, beautiful attack of cassis that’s just a tad green, but in a nice way. Lavender, tapenade. Monster with years to go.

Rich nose full of charcoal and minerals. So damned primary, beautiful attack of cassis that’s just a tad green, but in a nice way. Lavender, tapenade. Monster with years to go.

Jul 13th, 2021
Shay A
9.2

Wednesday Wine Committee and what a fantastic line-up by John! Typical format of 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.

Most guessed left bank Bordeaux here. It seemed the least “Cali” out of the 4 reds...not leathery, but more plum than red, black or blue fruit. Very balanced in terms of sweet fruit vs savory herbal/earthy components.

Wednesday Wine Committee and what a fantastic line-up by John! Typical format of 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.

Most guessed left bank Bordeaux here. It seemed the least “Cali” out of the 4 reds...not leathery, but more plum than red, black or blue fruit. Very balanced in terms of sweet fruit vs savory herbal/earthy components.

Mar 15th, 2018
James Forsyth

The Polo Bar might be the most "sceney" restaurant in New York. The walls are adorned by hundreds of paintings of horses, wood paneling and leather is everywhere. The aesthetic is utterly on point and on brand.

We drank this fabulous Sonoma mountain Cab from Anakota. Deep, dark, quite dense, highly structured and with an intensity of fruit that gives the impression that this will be very long lived. Suffice to say it was perfect with the well executed, uncomplicated American fare (New York Strip Steak for me).

The Polo Bar might be the most "sceney" restaurant in New York. The walls are adorned by hundreds of paintings of horses, wood paneling and leather is everywhere. The aesthetic is utterly on point and on brand.

We drank this fabulous Sonoma mountain Cab from Anakota. Deep, dark, quite dense, highly structured and with an intensity of fruit that gives the impression that this will be very long lived. Suffice to say it was perfect with the well executed, uncomplicated American fare (New York Strip Steak for me).

Feb 22nd, 2018
Steven Teaver

Pretty epic Cabernet. Meaty and dense with a silky mouthfeel and pretty restrained tannin.

Pretty epic Cabernet. Meaty and dense with a silky mouthfeel and pretty restrained tannin.

Feb 3rd, 2018
Steven Gullo

Very attractive primary fruits. Dark blackberries and cocoa. Lush ripe tannins and massive frame. Beautiful now but can wait awhile.

Very attractive primary fruits. Dark blackberries and cocoa. Lush ripe tannins and massive frame. Beautiful now but can wait awhile.

Feb 2nd, 2018
Ron R
9.3

Floral nose, with hints of ripe raspberries. Refined palete, which oozes Black cherries, coffee, and kirsch. Finishes sweet, and textured. Tannins will enable this to sail on for another 7 years or so.

Floral nose, with hints of ripe raspberries. Refined palete, which oozes Black cherries, coffee, and kirsch. Finishes sweet, and textured. Tannins will enable this to sail on for another 7 years or so.

Dec 11th, 2017
Shay A
9.3

A few days late in posting wines from the Wine Thief dinner last weekend. A nice selection of wines, most of which I’d never had before.

This showed much better than the ‘07 I had a few months ago. Cassis, blueberries, granite, graphite, licorice and a rhubarb finish.

A few days late in posting wines from the Wine Thief dinner last weekend. A nice selection of wines, most of which I’d never had before.

This showed much better than the ‘07 I had a few months ago. Cassis, blueberries, granite, graphite, licorice and a rhubarb finish.

Nov 3rd, 2017
Troy Schiermeyer

Better than Caymus.

Better than Caymus.

2 people found it helpfulOct 10th, 2014
Ron R
9.4

Surprised at how well this showed. Sometimes age on a wine comes on its own. In this case, I’m impressed because of its ethereal demeanor. Excellent poise and balance. All fruit on the mid palate. Cherries, coffee nibs and soft brown sugar. Pure and precise with tight acidity. I wasn’t an Anakota fan, but I’m very willing to rethink that now.

Surprised at how well this showed. Sometimes age on a wine comes on its own. In this case, I’m impressed because of its ethereal demeanor. Excellent poise and balance. All fruit on the mid palate. Cherries, coffee nibs and soft brown sugar. Pure and precise with tight acidity. I wasn’t an Anakota fan, but I’m very willing to rethink that now.

1 person found it helpfulAug 23rd, 2020
Peter Plaehn

Dakota is the better restaurant pour off the cork, Montana needs age and a decanter.

Dakota is the better restaurant pour off the cork, Montana needs age and a decanter.

1 person found it helpfulDec 15th, 2015