Dana Estates Vaso Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Critical Acclaim: 95 pts Jeb Dunnuck; 93 pts James Suckling; 91 pts Wine Spectator. 

About the Wine: The VASO cellars cabernet sauvignon is a blend of four unique estate sites in the Napa Valley, with the Hershey Vineyard atop Howell Mountain providing the backbone of the wine. Thorough rigorous farming practices and a minimally-interventionist approach in the winery, the VASO Cabernet Sauvignon is set apart by its freshness, purity of fruit, energy, balance and the structure to age for a decade or more. 

Winemaker's Tasting Notes: The 2019 VASO Cabernet Sauvignon represents the warmer season with a plush, inviting entry expressing flavors of blackberry compote, spiced plum, and a long savory finish. The well-integrated, round tannins and low oak impact highlight the silky mouthfeel and vibrancy of the fruit. On the palate the wine opens with toasty almonds, baked strawberries, leading to savory herbs, and a creamy milk chocolate finish. This vintage presented rich, elegant wines with broad tannins and silky a mouthfeel. This approachable wine is beautiful now and will age gracefully as time passes.

"There are roughly 6,000 cases of the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Vaso, a more forward, plush, sexy wine that's already drinking brilliantly. Loaded with red and black fruits as well as leafy herbs, violets, and tobacco notes, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, juicy mouthfeel, and a great finish. It's a hidden gem of a wine that readers should buy. It will keep for at least 10-12 years."- Jeb Dunnuck. 

"Perfumed and fruity with redcurrant and berry character, as well as a slightly dusty texture. Medium to full body, lightly round tannins and a fruity finish. Focused and fresh. Drink now."- James Suckling.

"Juicy and well-formed, with a mix of red currant, bitter plum and blackberry fruit providing additional savory and singed cedar details. The grippy finish pulls in a tarry edge. Best from 2023 through 2034."- Wine Spectator. 

Winemakers: Philippe Melka & Chris Cooney.

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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