2004 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley


Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

About This Wine

Our 2003 Dancing Bear Ranch on Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon displays a wonderfully complex aroma of sweet black fruits (currant, plum and blackberry) mingled with notes of chocolate, clove and ginger. This Napa Cab’s rich flavors are juicy, deep and long, with a spicy/herbal tone that evolves into an intriguing tea-leaf spiciness in the wine’s long, satisfying finish. The firm tannins and youthfully compact structure of this lovely Bordeaux-style red, a classic mountain wine, argue for extended cellaring, although it provides great pleasure now when decanted and paired with grilled steaks marinated in a zesty pepper sauce.

News & Acclaim

90 Points

December 31, 2014 – Nicely done and aging well, exhibiting a mix of dark and red fruit, with blackberry, plum, cedar and dried herb flavors and gravel-laced tannins at the foundation. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.—2004 California Cabernet blind retrospective (August 2014). Drink now through 2022.

True to its mountain provenance, our 2004 DBR boasts intense, complex, high-toned aromas of Bing cherry, brambleberry and spicy dark plum fruit mingled with enticing floral, sage, tobacco, chocolate, earth and mineral scents.