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Dancing Crow Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A uniquely-styled Cabernet from the Red Hills of Lake County. Opening with dark berry and mocha aromas, the palate soars high and bright with a great lift of cassis and sandalwood flavors. The acidity gives a breath of freshness that propels on to a prolonged, toffee-edged finish. This Cabernet is an embodiment of the land it comes from, displaying classic, dark, red fruit and spice flavors supported by supple, velvety tannins.

The 2014 Red Hills vintage was notably warm, with an exceptionally dry summer, leading to an accelerated harvest. The quality of the grapes exceeded expectations, showing ripe tannins and concentrated flavors. The vintage was acclaimed by growers and winemakers alike as being of high quality, and regarded as one of the best in recent memory. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began almost two weeks early due to the early ripening, but once winemaking began, the grapes showed off their distinctive and complex mountain fruit flavor profiles, which make the Red Hills such an ideal place to grow Cabernet.

The winemaking for this vintage focused on tempering the firm tannins of the Red Hills by blending cool climate Merlot from Mendocino with the dark-berried accents of Napa Valley Petite Sirah. The wine was cellar aged for 14 months and saw six months of French oak (25% new). The final blend for the 2014 Dancing Crow Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 86% Red Hills Cabernet, 9% Mendocino County Merlot and 5% Napa Valley Petite Sirah.

Category: 2014, California

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