The 2015 Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely fantastic in this vintage. This outstanding Knights Valley Cabernet was aged 13 months in 70% new French oak barrels and it shows a wonderful combination of ripe fruit and earthy characteristics throughout. As this slowly unwinds in the glass it releases profound aromatics of ripe black cherries and crème de cassis which are joined by fresh violets, loam, roasted coffee, warm gravel, cocoa powder and even roasted herbs which all come together beautifully. On the palate this is well-structured, with gorgeous textural richness, as well as outstanding concentration. It goes on to display wonderful opulence and depth, as layers of ripe dark fruits expand on to the long mouth coating finish. Even at this early stage the Helena Dakota certainly offers incredible appeal, however it will ultimately require some additional bottle age before it enters its optimal drinking window.