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

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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.

WINE SPECTATOR – 2004 VINTAGE
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.