Dana’s “Hershey” bottling comes from their extremely rocky vineyard high on Howell Mountain. Vinous called this wine “terrific. Super-ripe, inky blue/purplish fruit is pushed forward. Today, the Hershey is distinctly racy and forward.” Grab a few bottles of this one and squirrel them away. The precision of the Dana wines must be tasted to be believed!
“This estate has turned into one of the superstars of Napa Valley thanks to the energetic and visionary ownership of Korean Hi Sang Lee and his son [in-law], along with the winemaking guru Philippe Melka. These are all sensational wines coming from some of the best sites in Napa Valley.” – Robert Parker Dana [DAH-nah] means “Spirit of Generosity” in Sanskrit, and it’s a fitting description for the hospitable vibe of this beautiful winery and compound in the northwest corner of the Rutherford Bench, not to mention the rich and giving wines that are made there. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Dana Estates, offering wines of precision and symmetrical beauty. Proprietor Hi Sang Lee is a wine nut, and that’s putting it mildly. In the early 1990s, he realized that nobody was importing the greatest wines of the United States into South Korea, and over the years, by dint of sheer determination and hustle, built a very successful wine importing company. Today his portfolio is full of luminaries like Harlan, Bond, Caymus, Dominus, Screaming Eagle, Shafer, Peter Michael, and Kosta Browne. In 2005 Mr. Hi decided to join ‘em, buying a ghost winery and vineyard called Helms, and completing a total renovation of a stone winery that had lay in ruins for decades. Only a consultant like Philippe Melka would do to oversee winemaking. Today this property is a new luminary of the Napa Valley, producing utterly collectible wines.
“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard brings together the richness of the vintage with the inherent structure of Howell Mountain. Today, the 2015 is a real baby, but it exhibits superb depth and intensity, not to mention the structure to handle all of the fruit richness.”