Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2010
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.
This is a big, gorgeous wine, showing both elegance and power. Cardboard notes open on the nose followed by a generous array of fruity scents. On the palate, cassis is abundant up front. Strong structured tannins create a velvety mouthfeel, which is soon filled with crisply-dealt red and dark fruits. Chocolate and tobacco provide a subtle background, and a wonderful, peppery, spicy finish commands attention for a full 60 seconds.
young yet complex, silky start, finish moderatly robust
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
The wine is rich, deep and juicy with mouthfilling dark cherry, boysenberry, cassis, plum and cedar flavors that take on a pronounced brambly spice tone in the remarkably long, savory finish.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear 750ml
Wonderfully complex aromas of black plum, crushed boysenberry, ripe olallieberry, fig, earth, baking spices and chocolate. On the dense, weighty palate, the wine delivers intense, mouthfilling, blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry and forest-floor spice flavors supported by supple, chewy tannins and a long, mouth-coating finish
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - Our 2007 Dancing Bear displays the intriguing dance of intensity and elegance that has become this mountain wine s trademark. High-toned aromas of freshly crushed boysenberries, dark cherries and forest-floor spice (imagine walking in a pine forest after a light summer rainfall) introduce a big, dense, tightly wound palate packed with marvelously rich and concentrated black cherry, boysenberry and blackberry flavors, which are enhanced by savory clove, cocoa and vanilla tones. Beautifully structured and with great reserves of intense fruit supported by round, beautifully integrated tannins, this dramatic mountain red will delight wine lovers now and over the next decade.
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.
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.
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.