2019 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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WA 99 VN 98 JS 97 JD 97 WS 93
WA 99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

(97 - 99 points) Helms vineyard consists of five acres on gravelly loam, right on the northern edge of the Rutherford bench, planted in 1997 and 1998 to Cabernet Sauvignon clones See and 337. This barrel sample of the...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2023

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard is classy, elegant and polished. Bright acids and beams of supporting tannin give the Helms terrific energy and vibrancy. The 2019 is a gorgeous Helms. Dark red/purplish fruit...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, April 2022

Aromas of red currants, crushed stone, bark and some red licorice follow through to a medium to full body with creamy and medium-round tannins. Hints of chocolate, walnut and stone. Really fine-grained and silky tannins...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, February 2023

Showing consistently (if not a touch better) than earlier this year, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard is a medium to full-bodied, complex, incredibly satisfying Cabernet offering lots of cassis and plum fruits...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, August 2023

Ripe and with good buried energy as a brambly hint runs underneath the core of raspberry and red currant reduction. Sleek, with savory, violet and licorice notes adding fuel to the finish. Best from 2024 through 2038. - JM


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Rutherford
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.8%
Closure Cork

The 2019 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a captivating red wine that showcases the exceptional quality of California's North Coast region. With its deep garnet-purple color and enticing aromas, this wine is a true delight for the senses.

Upon pouring, the Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a bouquet of red currants, crushed stone, bark, and hints of red licorice. These aromas set the stage for a truly remarkable tasting experience. On the palate, this wine displays a medium to full body with creamy and medium-round tannins that add a beautiful texture. Notes of chocolate, walnut, and stone further enhance the complexity and depth of flavors.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points. He praises its fine-grained and silky tannins, suggesting that it will reach its peak after 2026. Suckling's tasting note highlights the wine's rich aromas and the balanced interplay of flavors.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also holds this wine in high regard, awarding it a remarkable score of 99 points. The publication describes the Helms Vineyard as explosive, with scents of crushed blackberries, plum preserves, and crème de cassis. The palate is characterized by juicy black fruits, supported by ripe, soft tannins and refreshing acidity. This wine is projected to produce only 402 cases, making it a rare and highly sought-after gem.

Vinous, another respected wine publication, gives the 2019 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a score of 98 points. The review praises its class, elegance, and polished nature. The wine's bright acidity and supporting tannins contribute to its energy and vibrancy. Dark red and purplish fruit, hints of lavender, spice, dried herbs, mint, and rose petal add aromatic brilliance to this beautifully crafted Cabernet.

Jeb Dunnuck, a renowned wine critic, awards this wine a score of 97 points. Dunnuck describes it as a medium to full-bodied, complex, and incredibly satisfying Cabernet. He notes the abundance of cassis and plum fruits, integrated tannins, and pure fruit flavors. Lifted and exotic notes of candied violets, tobacco, and spice add a touch of intrigue. Although enjoyable now, Dunnuck suggests that this wine has the potential for two decades of overall longevity.

The 2019 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of exceptional quality and craftsmanship. Its impressive scores and glowing reviews from esteemed critics are a testament to its excellence. This wine is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts and is a worthy addition to any cellar.