• Producer: Dana Estates - read about the Estate
  • Winemakers: Philippe Melka & Chris Cooney
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Rutherford)
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage production: 1,161 cases
  • Winery location: Rutherford
  • Owner: Hi Sang Lee
  • First vintage: 2005
  • Drinking window: 2017-2035


About The Wine:


Onda is a wine made in the Bordeaux tradition, blending both varietals and vineyards together to create a synergy from our estate sites. The team at Dana has been making this wine since 2005, experimenting by blending fruit from Helms, Hershey, Lotus and the fourth estate vineyard, Crystal Springs. A bit softer than the single vineyard wines, Onda is characterized by wonderful fruit purity, elegance and precision. It drinks beautifully upon release but will age gracefully for 10-15 years with appropriate storage.


The Crystal Springs vineyard is typically the backbone of this blend. It was harvested over 4 days in early September. Lotus was picked next on September 23rd follow the next day by our earliest block at Hershey. Helms followed on October 10th and 11th. The final pick at Hershey occurred on October 14th. The blend was fermented in almost equal parts upright oak and concrete tanks. The remaining 10% was fermented in 225L French oak barrels. The wines were pressed directly to barrel, and malolactic was native.


The 2014 vintage marks the third year of drought conditions in Napa with winter rainfall at half of normal. All the winter rains came in February and March, providing the vines relief from the minimal rains of 2013 and recharging the soils just before the vines came out of their dormant period. Warm March weather caused the vines to emerge from dormancy early, giving us bud break in late March. The summer weather was mild with few heat spikes above 100°F and warm nights. This translated to grapes that retained tannins because of the mild daytime temperatures, but lower than average acid levels due to the warmer nights.


The wine spent 19 in French Oak (54% new) sourced from Taransuad, Ermitage, Baron, Artisan and Demptos.


Dana Estates ONDA Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Price above per 75cl bottle
  • "One of the most serious Ondas I have had. Medium to full body and firm and polished tannins. Very long and poised. Excellent length. Fabulous focus and beauty. This needs two or three years to soften, but it's already superb. Try in 2022. "

    97 points, James Suckling (Jan. 2017)

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