The name Dana is Sanskrit, translating to “the Spirit of Generosity” and ties in to the “generosity” that nature gives each year with its production. In addition, each bottle of Dana Estates contains 12 lotus flowers, each representing the 12 months of the calendar year. Lotus flowers signify rebirth and symbolize the rebirth that the vineyards experience every year. Phillip Melka winemaker extraordinaire has crafted a truly extraordinary single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that appeals to serious wine enthusiasts and collectors. Only 300 cases produced.
Vinous - 97 Points
"Graphite, crushed rocks, smoke, melted road tar, black fruit and incense explode from the glass in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard. A huge, structured wine, the 2011 boasts stunning depth, power and richness. The intense salinity of the vintage and the trademark Dana intensity of fruit meld together in a Cabernet of true distinction. What a gorgeous wine this is. This is the first vintage to incorporate more than the original first acre of plantings. The first vintages were pure clone 1 Cabernet, while subsequent vintages include See clone fruit as well. The 2011 was fermented in barrel and spent 21 months in oak, 100% new." (November 2013)
James Suckling - 97 Points
"Amazing aromas of blackberries, blueberries, mushrooms and violets. Full body with a dense, precise palate and a firm, intense finish. Masculine but formed and polished. This needs at least four or five years to come even more together. " (May 2014)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 93 Points