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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
All four varieties on the estate added to the depth and hedonistic pleasure of the 2008 Dancing Hares, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc provided the bulk of the blend. There is a fresh, vibrant character to the wine, with aromas and flavors of fresh-cut black cherries, ripe raspberries, and blueberry pie. The tannins are seamlessly integrated with the fruit, and the finish seems to go on for minutes. This is definitely a wine that delivers immediately in its youth, and that should be on an upward trajectory for years to come.
Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
"Rich and powerful, yet graceful and detailed, exhibiting tiers of complex flavors built around rich blackberry, blueberry and wild berry flavors, with roasted herb, tar and smoke touches. Full-bodied and supple in texture, ending with a long, pure, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2023."
"Even better, and seriously underrated by me last year, is the 2008 Dancing Hares. A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, production is 525 cases of this exceptionally opulent, intense wine with an inky bluish purple color and a glorious noise of creosote, camphor, and blueberry pie intermixed with acacia flowers, forest floor and black currants. The compelling aromatics are easily backed up by a full-bodied wine buttressed by sweet tannin and fresh acids, giving it a laser-like precision. This is slightly better than the 2007, which is somewhat of an anomaly, and has great texture and suppleness. Drink this now or cellar it for 20+ years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Rich, vital and dramatically layered, offering tiers of ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. The oak is sweetly toasted and fine. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this is framed with firm mountain tannins that make it ageworthy. The first bottle tasted was off. Drink now—with a long decanting—through 2020. Cellar Selection."
"Highly aromatic nose offers cherry, blueberry, mocha, stone and enticing floral lift. Juicy and pretty in the mouth, with penetrating red and darker fruit flavors complicated by sage and licorice. Not hugely dense but floral and enticing. The mouthwatering finish features very fine-grained tannins and lingering perfume. A sexy, juicy blend, and a good example of how a warm site can shine in a cool year."
International Wine Cellar
Dancing Hares Vineyard is a uniquely planned, impeccably maintained five-acre estate vineyard tucked in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley, at the foot of Howell Mountain.
Three times each year, as the Dancing Hares vintners meet to blend the various vintages, there are portions, "blocks," of the estate vineyard that are not chosen for the blend, whether for perceived quality or because they just don't seem to fit well. If after several years the same block is repeatedly eliminated from the blend, it becomes a candidate for regrafting to another variety that may be more appealing.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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