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Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch

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Dancing Bear Ranch reflects the intense characteristics of its rugged mountain terroir and the hard work required to cultivate this special site. The 2013 vintage displays dense aromas of ripe boysenberry, dark plum and cassis layered with scents of loam, forest-floor spice and dark chocolate.

On the expansive palate, intense, concentrated flavors of blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, plum and chocolate are balanced by well-structured, ripe tannins and culminate in a very long, persistent finish highlighting dark berry, earthy spice and mineral tones. Beautifully balanced and structured for long-term aging, this intense, complex mountain red is still a youngster and will benefit from another decade of aging.


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USA, California, North Coast, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 7% Merlot
Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Howell Mountain Napa Valley
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Dancing Bear Ranch is a spectacular site on the steep, rugged slopes of Howell Mountain in northern Napa Valley. Divided into 24 separate blocks based on varietal type (cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc), sun exposure, soil profile and clonal selection, the vineyard is planted in dry, rocky, volcanic soils between 1,100 to 1,900 feet and enjoys a near 360-degree exposure, offering a diverse range of growing conditions. Because the vines grow high above the fog line, they receive the full attention of the summer sun and must work hard to accommodate Cakebread's precision irrigation strategy. As a result, they are routinely stressed and yield small crops of intensely flavorful grapes. To ensure the fruit reaches full maturity, each vine is carefully managed to achieve optimal flavor development and the extraordinary quality for which Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignon is renowned.

In 2013, a warm, dry spring initiated early bud-break, ensured trouble-free vine flowering and grape set, and led to a consistently mild summer fostering steady, even ripening and grapes with wonderful flavor concentration. Dancing Bear fruit was night- and hand-harvested between September 14th and October 1st to maximize freshness and varietal intensity.

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