Anakota Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Now that the Dakota and Montana vineyards are 20 years old, winemaker Pierre Seillan (who also makes Verité for the Spire Collection) told me he can now start to see the true natures of the wines, with a wonderful, steady evolution of ripening taking place in the vineyards over this time. Situated beneath Mount St. Helena in the Knights Valley AVA, these two vineyards more or less form a ""V"" facing one another and, therefore, have very different aspects as well as soil types, accounting for dramatic differences in styles but not quality.
WA97+: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard comes from a vineyard that contains more river rock. It's very deep purple-black in color and reveals exuberant cassis, black cherries, plum preserves and wild blueberry scents with touches of cedar chest, tilled soil, truffles and pencil lead plus a waft of bay leaves. The palate has an incredible structure of very firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, framing the muscular, full-bodied fruit and finishing on a very long, lingering mineral note. 597 cases produced.