Showcasing the interplay of intensity and elegance that is Dancing Bear Ranch’s trademark, the 2006 edition of our Howell Mountain red entices with perfumed aromas of ripe black fruits, forest-floor spice, and rich fig and chocolate tones. On the beautifully structured palate, the wine delivers intensely concentrated blackberry, black currant, wild cherry and ripe fig flavors balanced by firm acidity and round, silky tannins. Built for aging and with a deep core of fruit that unfolds in a lengthy, spice-and-mineral tinged finish, this dramatic, acclaimed mountain red makes compelling drinking now, yet its tight-knit structure argues for another 7-10 years of bottle age. Sourced from our Dancing Bear Ranch estate vineyards, located on the steep hillsides of Howell Mountain in northern Napa Valley.
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December 04, 2009 – The outstanding 2006 Dancing Bear Ranch Proprietary Red (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc) is a medium-bodied, elegant Cabernet-based wine with a dense purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of loamy soil, crushed rock, black currant, plum, licorice, and a hint of subtle, well-integrated new oak. Approachable now, this 2006 promises to evolve for 12-15+ years. Drink: 2009 – 2024.