Anakota "Helena Montana Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 94] [ST 93-95] [AG 93] [WE 93]

Anakota "Helena Montana Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 94] [ST 93-95] [AG 93] [WE 93]


Regular price $165.00 Sale price $129.98 Save $35.02
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Sourced from estate-owned vineyards, Anakota is a collection of single vineyard, single varietal, Knights Valley appellation wines that personify the rustic elegance and spirit of rural Sonoma County. Situated on the flanks and foothills of Mount St. Helena, at the heart of a complex volcanic zone that erupted several million years ago, the Helena Montana Vineyard is brought to life as stressed vines struggle with the rocky soils and challenging climatic conditions to create small, intensely flavored berries.

Running northeast to southwest on the eastern side of scenic Highway 128, the Helena Mountain vineyard offers ever-changing topography. Rolling hills abut steep benches with slopes of up to 30 degrees. This juxtaposition of hills, knolls and trees routes cool, westerly winds away from the vines. Planting vines perpendicular to the prevailing winds provides even more protection. A pure mountain stream and rocky ridge separate this vineyard from our Helena Dakota vineyard.

Distinctive yellow-white soil that does not yield easily to touch typifies this vineyard. This pale, sandy and gravelly loam at first glance resembles solid rock. A stringent pruning process forces the roots of vines down through this firm soil strata rather than allowing them to grow parallel to the surface as they would on their own. All the same, the roots do not deeply penetrate the earth, which results in smaller, more stressed vines than those of our neighboring Helena Dakota vineyard.

Statistics
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
14.5% Alcohol
Aged 15 months in small French oak barrels

Ratings & Reviews


94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard comes across as one of the most tannic, backward wines I tasted from any of the four vintages I was looking at during my extensive trip to Napa Valley in late August and early September. Very extracted with high tannins (almost excessive), this 2009 is built like an old style Bordeaux with lots of red and black fruits, graphite and noticeable oak. Forget it for a long, long time." -Robert Parker (Oct 2013)

93-95 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(14.8% alcohol; 100% cabernet sauvignon; aged in French oak, 97% new; from whiter soil than the Helena Dakota): Deep ruby. Knockout nose combines dark berries, licorice and a powerful violet element. Then wonderfully suave and fine-grained, with great energy and lift to the middle palate. The strong floral quality carries straight through to the ripely tannic finish. Comes across today as more feminine and more subtle than the Helena Dakota, and surprisingly approachable at this early stage of its development. These wines offer lovely examples of Pierre Seillan's winemaking, at a lower price than his otherworldly Verite bottlings." -Stephen Tanzer (May/June '11)

93 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard has the big, broad shoulders typical of this wine, but in this vintage there is a little more fruit than normal, which makes the wines incredibly accessible at this young stage. Rich, voluptuous and impeccably layered, the 2009 shows great balance and class. The level of tannin finesse and pure elegance are both above the1988. Hints of mocha, espresso and violets wrap around the juicy finish. This round, enveloping Cabernet is sexy and unbelievably sexy." - Antonio Galloni (July 2013)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This wine is inky black in color and insanely tannic. Yet it’s massive in blackberries, and clearly of pedigreed origins. It should begin to blossom by 2018, and develop for years beyond." -S.H. (8/1/2013)

95 Points - James Suckling (2008 vintage):
"Amazing aromas of dark crushed fruits such as blackberries and boysenberries with dark cherries. Full-bodied, with super fine and racy tannins. Very long and beautiful. Sleek and racy. Complex. Powerful and chewy yet racy. 500 cases. Try it in 2014." -James Suckling (June 20th, 2011)