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Gift guide: 6 exceptional wines for the vinophile

These bottles are priceless presentations of the passing of years.


  • 01 DANA ESTATES HELMS VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

    Napa Valley is known for its all-star dream teams, with collaborations like Yao Ming and Tom Hinde (Yao Family Wines), or Kenzo Tsujimoto and Heidi Barrett (Kenzo Estate). Now add to that Hi Sang Lee and Philippe Melka, for Dana Estates. The former is a business baron from South Korea, who didn’t just import and popularise wines in Seoul, but also purchased a property in Rutherford in 2005 and named it Dana. His spare-no-means approach means three virtuoso vineyard bottlings – organically farmed Helms, Hershey and Lotus. Helms is instantly recognisable, with its signature dusty Rutherford tannins, and dense layers of core black fruit. This is a true gift for the cellar, with anticipated drinking in 2035.

    $825 from Giron Wines.

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