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2018 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

97+ The Wine Advocate

...bold crème de cassis, blackberry pie and plum preserves scents, followed by touches of star anise, bouquet garni and tar with a waft of crushed rocks. Full-bodied and packed with juicy black fruits, the palate is beautifully framed by plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with loads of fragrant earth and exotic spice accents.

93Wine Enthusiast

Dusty sage, earth and dried herb meet a layer of cocoa powder and coffee bean in this intensely concentrated, big-boned wine. Soft, rich and round, it delivers resolved tannin and lasting grip amidst an array of dark brooding cherry and blackberry.

92Wine Spectator

Dark and winey, with a solidly built core of steeped black currant and fig compote flavors laced with tar and warm black licorice notes. Well-structured, with a typical Howell Mountain spine driving the finish, where echoes of tobacco and espresso crema linger amidst the fruit.

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.