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2014 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch

ITEM 8467326 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $165
Item Sold Amount Date
I8399038 3 $165 Aug 21, 2022
I8387303 2 $165 Aug 14, 2022
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RATINGS

97Robert M. Parker Jr.

Stunning... 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

91Wine Spectator

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.

PRODUCER

Cakebread

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.

REGION

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.