2012 Dana Estates "Onda" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Blueberry and mineral give this an almost slate character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and fabulous length. Very, very fine. This is the finest Onda ever. Hints of hazelnut and chocolate. Pure definition of the vineyards of Dana. Better in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The largest case production is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Onda, which is essentially their second wine culled from the top lots of Lotus, Hershey, Helms and Crystal Springs. It’s a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot (888 cases) that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. The wine is deep ruby/purple, exhibits crème de cassis notes with some incense and subtle charcoal. It’s medium to full-bodied, silky smooth and clearly meant to be the wine that most consumers would want to drink earlier than the more saturated and denser single-vineyard wines. This should drink nicely for at least another 10-15 years. (RP)
The 2012 Onda is gorgeous. Red cherry, plum, spice, mocha and new leather are some of the notes that flesh out in the glass. Dark and sumptuous to the core, the 2012 is a great introduction to the Dana house style and the pure radiance of the vintage. Onda is a blend of barrels that don't make the cut for the vineyard designates, plus fruit from a fourth site Crystal Springs, which is just below Lotus. This is a fabulous showing. (AG)