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Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear Ranch Howell Mountain, Napa Valley 2004

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Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear Ranch Howell Mountain, Napa Valley 2004

Over 39 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company. The Dancing Bear Ranch on Howell Mountain in eastern Napa Valley, perched at an elevation between 1,800 and 2,200 feet, is named for the omnivorous black bear who likes to feast on our mountain grapes as they approach ripeness. Fortunately, as the bear dances down the vine rows munching grape clusters, he leaves enough behind for them to craft this classic Napa Valley mountain red. The 2004 Dancing Bear displays the intriguing dance of intensity and elegance that has become this mountain wine's trademark. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Boasts intense, complex, high-toned aromas of bing cherry, brambleberry, and spicy, dark plum fruit mingled with enticing floral, sage, tobacco, chocolate, earth, and mineral scents. Incredibly pure and focused on the palate, its beautifully structured wild cherry, ripe fig, spicy black fruit, and dark chocolate flavors reveal a pronounced minerality in the wine's long, persistent finish. Delicious with grilled steaks, venison, or hearty stews.
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