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2016 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased direct from winery

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RATINGS

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...

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.