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2009 Anakota "Helena Dakota" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1157222 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An extra special wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard possesses full body as well as a terrific bouquet of blue and black fruits, crushed rocks and spring flowers. A super-muscular, rich, powerful Cabernet built for long-term cellaring (which may explain why it has not yet been released), I would not touch a bottle for 5-7 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard is more overt than is often the case. At the same time, there is plenty of underlying structure; it's just that those elements are nearly buried by the fruit. Layers of cool, intense, minerality support the fruit, giving the wine its energy, delineation and nuance. Layers of blackberry jam, violets, cloves and graphite develop over time, adding tons of nuance and complexity, especially on the finish. This compelling 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon captures the very best qualities of the year. (AG) 93+ Inner quote mark (7/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep medium ruby. Precise aromas of black raspberry, licorice, espresso and spices. Less obviously sweet in the early going than the Helena Dakota, showing more mineral firmness to the flavors of black raspberry, spices and tobacco. Finishes very long and firm, with solid tannic structure for aging. (ST) 92+ Inner quote mark (5/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This dark, dense Cabernet Sauvignon is extraordinarily concentrated, with blackberry and black currant fruit, and superripe suggestions of raisins. It’s very dry and tannic, but should achieve elegance and balance with 6–8 years in the cellar. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (8/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very dark crimson. Luscious and polished. Long and rich. Actually tastes more Napa – but then it is made on the border...! Really rather good. (JR) 17/20 Inner quote mark (10/2014)

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