Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
About This Wine
We’re delighted to release our much anticipated, high-scoring cult classic: 2016 Dancing Bear Ranch cabernet sauvignon. Blended with cabernet franc and just a touch of merlot—this unique offering displays generous aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, and fig with appealing hints of forest floor. The boysenberry character extends over a concentrated, fleshy palate, joined by notes of blackberry and laced with a distinctive minerality. Opulent mountain tannins support the intense fruit through a powerful, elegant, lengthy finish. Enjoy with rosemary braised lamb shanks, filet mignon, grilled portabello mushrooms, or decadent flourless chocolate cake. This remarkable wine will continue to evolve its complexity in the bottle for another decade.
Warm spring temperatures prompted an earlier-than-average budbreak, followed by a relatively cool summer with no heat spikes; these conditions allowed grapes to ripen slowly and steadily, and a warm, dry September helped them develop to full maturity.