2016 Dancing Crow Vineyards Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $20)

SKU #1348454 Wine Enthusiast

 Good varietal character comes through as this full-bodied wine moves from black-olive and light herb aromas through ripe black-cherry flavors and a rich velvety moderately tannic texture. (JG)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Lake County's unique terroir is the result of a tremendous 11,000 year-old volcanic eruption, an elevated mountain climate, and its proximity to Clear Lake, which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in California. Lake County's fertile soils are complemented by hot days and cool nights, which allows for optimum balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. Winery notes: "This wine highlights how the power of Lake County’s Red Hills seamlessly complements the elegance and aromatic freshness of the High Valley. Aromas of plum, allspice and clove develop into flavors of fresh dark cherry and cedar on the palate. The Red Hills’ fine tannins provide a smoothly textured palate sensation from start to finish. Fresh acidity from the High Valley culminates in a bright finish of cherry with a gentle note of French oak."


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By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2018 | Send Email
Looking for a great value in California wine? Look to Lake County! A viticultural area that's gaining esteem, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Dancing Crow is beautiful, soft and balanced with flavors of warm baking spice, black cherry and ripe black plums. Give a glass to your most staunch Napa Cab fan and see if they can spot the difference. A fantastic California Cabernet under $20!

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2018 | Send Email
An elegant soft nose consisting of plumb and allspice. On the palate the wine is balanced and quite smooth with fine tannins and gentle use of oak. Lovely juicy mid-palate. Eminently drinkable and absolutely delicious! A very good value!
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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Lake County

Alcohol Content (%): 14.3