2009 Dancing Hares - Proprietary Red Napa Valley
Dancing Hares Description
The 2009 Dancing Hares Red Wine is a noble, age worthy effort. Red and black fruits, flint, cinnamon, clove, and toasted almond aromas define the wine. While it is still quite firm, the wine unwinds on the palate, delivering richness and plenty of tannin heft. This mouth-coating quality carries all the way through to the finish, and gives the wine a density and length that is alluring now, and bodes very well for the future. This is easily a wine for two to three decades of evolution and enjoyment.
Wine Spectator: 92 Points
"A gutsy effort that's very rich, deep and expansive, with tiers of ripe cherry, plum and blackberry that are robust and chewy, underscoring the extraction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2025."
Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points
This tastes like a Starbucks fruit and mocha drink, with high alcohol. Still, the tannins and bracing minerality make it tangy and balanced. Should be good until 2015 or so.
Wine Advocate: 94 Points
"It’s good to retaste these wines from a tiny 5-acre vineyard planted in volcanic rock in the famous red aiken soils found on Howell Mountain. This is another winery that boasts Andy Erickson as the winemaker and David Abreu as the consulting viticulturalist. The 2009 looks to be one of the stars of the vintage. Dense purple, with a beautifully perfumed nose of spring flowers intermixed with blue and black fruits, pen ink, and some toasty oak, the wine displays fabulous fruit intensity, admirable purity, full-bodied texture, and again, terrific length. It is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot, so it’s obvious this is the vintage with the lowest percentage of Cabernet Franc of the trio of Dancing Hares." -Robert Parker
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