2014 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear Ranch

Year: 2014
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 97
James Suckling: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.1%
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"Jazzy oak plays the first stanza and then eases into a tasty flow of anise, dark berry, mocha and espresso notes, coming together nicely on the finish, where all the flavors combine for a focused, complex effort. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2030. 2,000 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear Ranch, from Howell Mountain, is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. This is stunning Cabernet Sauvignon with floral notes intermixed with graphite, crème de cassis, blackberry, mulberry and a hint of chocolate. The wine is large-scaled, but elegant, full-bodied, rich and exceptionally well-balanced with impeccable purity and length. This is a beauty of craftsmanship and great terroir to drink it over the next 20 years." (WA)

"Aromas of strawberries and cherry bush follow through to a full body, soft and easy tannins and a fruity finish. Fresh and fun. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Extravagantly fragrant aromas of ripe boysenberry, blackberry, black cherry and dark plum are joined by fascinating floral and forest floor spice scents in the captivating nose of this extraordinary mountain cabernet. Immensely rich and flavorful on the palate with deep and juicy boysenberry, blackberry, dark plum and spice flavors, the wine finishes with intense fruit, spice and mineral flavors accented by savory French oak and dark chocolate tones. Impeccably balanced by well-structured, yet supple tannins, our 2014 Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignon is amazingly delicious now, but will more than reward another decade of aging.