2012 Dancing Hares Napa Valley Proprietary Red
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red-ruby. Lovely floral lift to the aromas of raspberry and minerals. Tight and serious in the mouth, showing moderate density but terrific definition to its red fruit flavors complicated by a suggestion of incense. Turned plumper with aeration but this is still not a particularly opulent style. Ripely tannic and very long on the aftertaste. Winemaker Andy Erickson notes that this vintage is much more typical of its site than the 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2012 Proprietary Red Blend spent nearly two years in French oak prior to bottling. Notes of sweet licorice, red and blackcurrants, coffee bean, white chocolate, spice box and subtle oak are all present in this pure, nicely textured, medium to full-bodied, voluptuous 2012. It can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15+ years. Michel Rolland is the wine consultant at this tiny, boutique, seven-acre vineyard owned by Paula Brooks and Bob Cook. Rolland also works with the well-known Napa winemaking guru, Andy Erickson.
The 2012 Dancing Hares is dark, voluptuous and racy. Black cherry, plum, smoke, menthol and new leather all meld together in a voluptuous wine that captures the essence of this warm site at the base of Howell Mountain. Because of the small size of the property many of the lots are fermented in barrel, which gives additional textural richness and raciness, but also leaves the wine marked by oak. Dancing Hares is easy to miss. This small estate is nestled among the lower slopes of Howell Mountain, with just a few acres of vineyards scattered within a much larger property. The winery is equally tiny, but functional and well-equipped for its size. Winemaker Andy Erickson has turned out a very pretty set of 2012s and 2013s.