Characteristically dense, perfumed aromas of bright black cherry, blueberry and blackberry fruit, mixed with floral and forest-floor scents, introduce amazingly bright, vibrant and concentrated red and black cherry, plum, spice and dark chocolate flavors framed by round, ripe tannins. Beautifully balanced and structured for long-term aging, the acclaimed 2012 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet an intense, complex mountain cabernet that’s just beginning to unfold its many splendors, and will age beautifully in bottle for at least a decade. Sourced from our Dancing Bear Ranch estate vineyards, located on the rugged slopes of Howell Mountain in northern Napa Valley.
News & Acclaim
98 Points, Platinum Award,
Best Wine, Best Red
May 26, 2015 – For more than 30 years the Cakebread name has been synonymous with outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Founder Jack Cakebread had the vision, which he has passed along to his sons, Dennis and Bruce, who’ve taken that vision and run with it. So a once good thing is now even better. The Cakebread’s Dancing Bear Ranch, situated on a west-facing slope of Howell Mountain, has emerged under Bruce and Dennis as one of Napa’s most impressive sites for Cabernet. The 2012 is a monumental wine that should continue to improve over the next 20 years and then some. It shows classic notes of cassis and blackberry, with a note of cedar and oak vanillin. In the land of great Cabernet, this is without a doubt one of the finest. Platinum award winner at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.
CRITICS CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION – 2012 VINTAGE
October 14, 2014 – The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear Ranch, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from Howell Mountain, is a superstar of the vintage. Beautiful notes of graphite, mulberries, blueberries and blackberries jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2012. Its full-bodied opulence, luscious texture, 45+-second finish, purity, texture and uncanny integration of all the component parts are beautiful to behold.