Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Dancing Bear Ranch 2006
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.
Cakebread Cellars is located in the heart of the Napa Valley on Highway 29 between Oakville and Rutherford. Family owned and operated for 36 years, we pride ourselves on making full flavored, balanced and elegant wines.
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A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear 750ml
Winemakers Notes:Showcasing the interplay of intensity and elegance that is Dancing Bear’s trademark, the 2006 edition of our Howell Mountain red entices with perfumed aromas of ripe black fruits, fo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.