Dancing Bear Ranch 2016

Cakebread Cellars

Dancing Bear Ranch 2016

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley
Grapes: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot

Dancing Bear Ranch is an extraordinary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from the Dancing Bear Ranch Estate Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Divided into 24 separate blocks based on varietal type, sun exposure, soil profile, and clonal selection, the vineyard is planted in dry, rocky, volcanic soils between 1,400 and 1,900 feet of elevation and enjoys a near 360-degree exposure, offering a diverse range of growing conditions. The well-drained soils and position high above the fog line routinely stresses the vines, yielding small crops of intensely flavorful grapes. Fermentation and maceration are carefully managed to monitor tannin levels and limit over-extraction of the small berries with intense mountain character. Free-run component wines are aged in French oak barrels and subsequently blended, for a total of 22 months in 63% new French oak prior to bottling

91 Points

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
96 Points

Decanter

2016 vintage
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harvest note

2016 began with the most abundant rainfall we’ve experienced in three decades, which refreshed and revitalized the vines after years of drought. Warm spring temperatures prompted an earlier-than-average budbreak, followed by a relatively cool summer with no heat spikes; these conditions allowed grapes to ripen slowly and steadily, and a warm, dry September helped them develop to full maturity. 2016 is another standout Cabernet Sauvignon vintage, with smaller yields of exceptional quality.

tasting note

Generous aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, and fig mix with appealing hints of forest floor. The boysenberry character extends over a concentrated, fleshy palate, joined by notes of blackberry and laced with a distinctive minerality. Opulent mountain tannins support the intense fruit through a powerful, elegant, lengthy finish.

food pairing

Enjoy with rosemary braised lamb shanks, filet mignon, or grilled portabello mushrooms.

technical data

GRAPES: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.71
ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100 ml
ABV: 14.9%
AGING: 22 months in French oak, 63% new

points of distinction

  • Estate grown single-vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot
  • Howell Mountain location with elevations of 1,400 to 1,900 feet
  • Matured 22 months in French oak barrels, 63% new
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“Our emphasis on fruit quality captures the expression of blackberry and boysenberry in the wine.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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