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2016 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch

ITEM 8387297 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
todor 2 $235 $470
3 $235
Item Sold Amount Date
I8467325 1 $235 Oct 2, 2022
I8399032 1 $235 Aug 21, 2022
I8387297 2 $235 Aug 14, 2022
I8373729 1 $235 Aug 7, 2022
I8357963 1 $235 Jul 31, 2022
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100The Wine Advocate

...profoundly scented of crushed blackcurrants, warm blueberries, plum preserves, Black Forest cake and charcoal with nuances of unsmoked cigars, forest floor, truffles and star anise plus wafts of violets and stewed tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is super intense and yet wonderfully graceful, featuring a beautiful frame of very fine-grained, very firm tannins and bold freshness supporting layer upon layer of black fruit and earthy flavors, finishing with epic length and depth...

99+ Jeb Dunnuck

...huge, thrillingly rich bouquet of crème de cassis, espresso roast, lead pencil shavings, and white chocolate...deep, rich, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, yet also pure, elegant, and seamless...

94Wine Enthusiast

... Brawny, savory and supple in crisp red fruit, it is well integrated and focused, with a freshness to the midpalate and peppery spice on the long finish.

92+ Vinous / IWC

... Beams of tannin add grip to play off the super-ripe concentrated black fruit. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, new leather, cloves and licorice emerge...



Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, Napa Valley, was founded in 1973 by Jack Cakebread, a professional photographer who came to Napa Valley on an assignment and fell in love with the place. He and his wife Dolores bought a 22-acre vineyard and had their first vintage in 1973. It was a Chardonnay sold out of a small shop in Yountville. Today the winery is still owned by the Cakebread family, though it has increased to 77 acres. The estate is still known for excellent Chardonnays, though they now also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. The winemaker at Cakebread is Julianne Laks. Signature Cabs include Vine Hill Ranch and Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignons.


United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.