A Napa winery owned by a Korean maker of animal food has earned a perfect score of 100 points
from wine critic Robert Parker
for one of its wines. The Dana Estates' 2007 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was one of just a few bottles this year to attain this prized ranking. When the wine was announced last January, a press release said the wine had a 94-97 point
estimated score for the barrel sample of 2007 "Lotus Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon. The difference in just a few points may not seem like a lot but those few points carry a lot of prestige. The ranks of Parker 100-point wines are small.
Dong-A One, a unit of the Woosan Group, is one of the country's largest wine importers and it crated Dana Estates in Napa Valley, California, in 2005, after purchasing a winery and vineyards. Dana is the pen name of Woonsan Group
Chairman Lee Hi-sang and means "spirit of generosity.'' Winemaker Philippe Melka is behind the vintage which is an edition of 3,000 bottles. The Dana Estates wines are primarily sold through the winery's mailing list. Last year's vintage sold for around $275.