Howell Mountain Napa Valley
July 14, 2008
Offers wonderful harmony, finesse and balance, with rich, ripe, supple tiers of spice, currant, black cherry and plummy Cabernet fruit that's pure, focused and long on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2015.
Wine Spectator gave this wine a score of 92 points.
March 22, 2009
The 2009 Annual San Diego International Wine Competition has awarded our 2005 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon a Gold Sweepstakes award. Wine writer Robert Whitley has made some nice comments in his blog that you can view by clicking here .
Cakebread Cellars, Howell Mountain (Napa Valley, California) Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear Ranch 2005: Very dense and darkly pigmented, with exceptionally expressive aromatics and deep flavors, this is a big-time Cabernet that shows its potency at every turn. What is most impressive about it, however, is how gracefully all that power is expressed, and how seamlessly all of the component aromas and flavors are integrated with one another. The fruit notes of blackberries and black currents are very intense and very persistent on the palate, and the accent notes of vanilla, smoke and spices make this as enduringly interesting to taste as it is impressive. Awarded a gold medal in the San Diego International Wine Competition. 95 Michael Franz Apr 7, 2009
The 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Award Winners!
The 2009 professional wine judging took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair during the week of January 5, 2009. Professional wine judges representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the United States evaluated a record 4,736 wines entered by wineries from across the country.
The judges have give the 2005 Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain a Gold medal!
Silver Award in the 2008 Denver International Wine Competition
The Denver International Wine Competition just completed its 4th year this past September. Our 2005 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a silver medal. This competition is the largest professionally run double-blind wine competition in the Rocky Mountain Region. The competition culminates with a three day festival Oct. 28 - Nov 1, 2008. For details and tickets to this festival, please see the website at www.denverwinecomp.com.
Judging is now completed in the 2009 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition and the judges have awarded the 2005 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon a Bronze medal.
94% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
100% Dancing Bear Ranch, Howell Mountain
Alcohol content: 15.0%
October 12 through October 18, 2005
21 months in French oak