Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Dancing Bear Ranch 2006

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Staten Island, NY (210 mi)
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This vintage from the Dancing Bear Ranch site produced grape clusters with small berries and intense concentrated flavors. Drink now with agrilled ... Read more

Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear 2006 incorporates two distinctive clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvignon: Clone 4 and Clone 7. These clones, and th... Read more

Winemakers Notes:Showcasing the interplay of intensity and elegance that is Dancing Bears trademark, the 2006 edition of our Howell Mountain red en... Read more

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External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/20/2010

This vintage from the Dancing Bear Ranch site produced grape clusters with small berries and intense concentrated flavors. Drink now with agrilled meats or lay down for years to come.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/17/2010

Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear 2006 incorporates two distinctive clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvignon: Clone 4 and Clone 7. These clones, and the terroir of our Howell Mountain estate vineyard, produce Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with deep color, bright acidity and more tannin than our valley-grown fruit. As a result, we strive to capture Dancing Bears intense fruit character without extracting overly aggressive tannins. During fermentation and maceration, winemaker Julianne Laks carefully monitors the cap of skins at the top of the fermenting tank, whose contact with the juice determines the degree of tannin extraction. When she believes the wine has achieved an optimal balance of fruit intensity and ripe tannins, the free run wine is drained from the skins and transferred to French oak barrels for aging. The 2005 Dancing Bear was aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 40% new, prior to bottling in July, 2007.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/29/2010

Winemakers Notes:Showcasing the interplay of intensity and elegance that is Dancing Bears 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, blackcurrant, 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 mountain red makes compelling drinking now, yet its tight-knit structure argues for another 7-10 years of bottle age.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Intense and tight, firm and concentrated, offering a mix of dried currant, loamy earth, herb, sage and mineral. Full-bodied, with a long, persistent finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2012 through 2023.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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 12andndash;15+ years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This is a very rich wine. Complex, too. With every sip, it seems to offer a little more of itself. On the surface, itandrsquo;s dry, tannic and fruity, with blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and cedar flavors. But it has mineral and herb nuances that seem to spring from the soil, and the depth and finish are impressive. Drink now for sheer luxury, and should continue to develop over the next decade.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

The dense purple-colored 2007 Dancing Bear Ranch Proprietary Red (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) reveals more chocolate fudge and coffee notes. It does not have the nuances or complexity of the Benchland Select or the sheer joy of the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is a lot going on in this cuvée. Slightly monolithic, it is well-endowed, rich and full, so my rating may be slightly conservative.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes Showcasing the interplay of intensity and elegance that is Dancing Bear's trademark, this 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, blackcurrant, 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 mountain red makes compelling drinking now, yet its tight-knit structure argues for another 7-10 years of bottle age.

Wine Tasting Notes Showcasing the interplay of intensity and elegance that is Dancing Bear's trademark, this 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, blackcurrant, 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 mountain red makes compelling drinking now, yet its tight-knit structure argues for another 7-10 years of bottle age.

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