DANA ESTATES

 

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Dana Estates

Napa Valley

Rutherford

Hi Sang Lee

2005

Chris Cooney

About The Estate:

Four Corners Wine is honoured to be working in partnership with Dana Estate, bringing winery-direct allocations of their ‘1st Growth’ wines to the UK for our discerning clients.

Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Napa Valley, Dana Estates is dedicated to making small lots of truly distinctive world class wines.  Dana is a Sanskrit term meaning “the Spirit of Generosity.” It is in this spirit that the team at Dana Estates expresses a profound appreciation for those that have worked the soil before them, as they build on the foundations laid by previous generations of vintners. 

 

Blending history and tradition with cutting edge vineyard management, a new state of the art winery and meticulous winemaking, Dana Estates strives to make the greatest wines possible. In so doing, they hope to provide a link between the past and future generations of vintners, and all those who appreciate the generosity of this special land.

Dana Estates is the third winery to occupy this piece of vineyard land in the heart of the famed Rutherford Bench. First farmed and developed by German viticulturalist H. W. Helms in 1883, it was purchased in 1976 by John and Diane Livingston and served as the home for Livingston Moffett winery until proprietor Hi Sang Lee bought the property in 2005.

 

The winery was re-designed by renowned architect Howard Backen, keeping the original stone walls as its centerpiece.  Hi Sang and Howard worked carefully with his  winemakers to insure that the space and facilities would enable the production of consistently world class wines.

Dana Estates produces three single vineyards wines, from sites that are dramatically different from one another: Helms Vineyards (Rutherford), Hershey Vineyard (Howell Mountain) and Lotus Vineyard (above St. Helena). The Hershey Vineyard also produces one of Napa's rarest and greatest Sauvignon Blancs. The Onda is a stunning blend comprised of fruit specially selected from these three sites, as well as Dana's fourth Estate site, the Crystal Springs Vineyard.

 

Each vineyard is farmed organically at low yields to allow the unique qualities of each site to be expressed in the bottle.  Multiple passes through the vineyards are made during harvest, and only the purest expressions of fruit and most balanced lots make it into Dana wines. Depending on the character of each lot, blocks are fermented in either concrete tanks, oak uprights or small barrels to enhance vineyard characteristics and help produce wines of distinction and sophistication.

 

Facts:

Dana Estates received its first 100 point score from Robert Parker for the Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, that he described as "flawlessly assembled".

The Dana Estates winery was designed by renowned architect Howard Backen, well known for his work in Napa, including the Harlan Estate and Bond Estate wineries. He also played a leading role in designing George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and Disney’s Burbank Sounds Studios.

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Dana Estate's winery, located in their Helms Vineyards site in Rutherford

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