Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
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|United States, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
This renowned single vineyard estate wine offers generous aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and fig with hints of forest floor. Robust, concentrated flavors of blackberry and boysenberry are layered with hints of minerality. Structured and opulent tannins fill the palate with a deep, powerful black fruit finish. This wine will continue to age gracefully in the bottle for another decade or more.
100% of the grapes for this release are sourced from Cakebread's Dancing Bear Ranch vineyard, perched above northern Napa Valley on the steep slopes of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1,100 and 1,900 feet. Planted in dry, rocky, iron rich volcanic soils, the vines are subject to nearly 360 degrees of exposure to the elements. As a result, the winery explains, "vines in this location are routinely stressed and yield small crops of intensely flavorful grapes." The 2018 is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 22 months in 60% new French oak, 40% neutral French oak.