2009 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

The nose of our 2009 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon offers the pure, high-toned, deeply concentrated aromas we have come to associate with this wine: ripe dark cherry, boysenberry, blackberry and plum fruit complemented by subtle earth, floral spice, forest floor and cocoa tones. In the mouth, the wine is rich, deep and juicy with mouthfilling dark cherry, boysenberry, cassis, plum and cedar flavors that take on a pronounced brambly spice tone in the remarkably long, savory finish. While this vintage of Dancing Bear is precociously forward in its youth, its superb structure and deep, expansive fruit suggest it will develop beautifully in bottle for at least a decade. Located on the slopes of Howell Mountain in northern Napa Valley, our Dancing Bear Estate estate vineyard is planted on steep hillsides reaching elevations over 1,800 feet.

News & Acclaim

90 Points

January 07, 2013 – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, relatively herbal, dark cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with hints of green olive and cocoa; full body; big, rich, textured, cedary, cassis and dark fruit flavors with a pleasing mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very approachable now with precocious rich fruit and well controlled tannin. Very highly recommended.

CALIFORNIA GRAPEVINE – 2009 VINTAGE

91 Points

April 30, 2013 – A pleasantly rustic and rugged red, with savory herb, espresso, dried berry, and crushed rock flavors woven among gutsy tannins. A textbook Howell Mountain, showing excellent length. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator Magazine as rated our 2009 Dancing Bear Ranch on Howell Mountain with 91 points.

WINE SPECTATOR – 2009 VINTAGE
In the mouth, the wine is rich, deep and juicy with mouthfilling dark cherry, boysenberry, cassis, plum and cedar flavors that take on a pronounced brambly spice tone in the remarkably long, savory finish.