Thursday, July 11, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Napa Valley Red Blend - 2009 Dancing Hares Vineyard Mad Hatter


Dancing Hares vineyard makes an awesome, big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon led Bordeaux blend (aged in 90% new French Oak). Awesome yes - but at $125 a bottle, only for those really special occasions. Dancing Hares also makes a Merlot predominated Bordeaux blend (aged in 60% new French Oak) for half that price... is it half as good? Let's find out!


Wine: 2009 Dancing Hares Vineyard Mad Hatter
Region: Napa Valley, California
Grape Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Obtained from: Purchased from Winery
Price: $62.00
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.


Cork Condition: Natural - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Deep, dark red with water white rim - the colors of youth!
Aroma: Blackberries, dark chocolate, and something a bit herbal - overall nicely aromatic.
Taste: Wonderful fruit, a nice amount of tannins, and a bit of mineral on the finish.

The Grade: I give this one a A.  While not inexpensive, this wine is a nice price point to try the quality of Dancing Hares Vineyard. Grill up a steak and sprinkle some blue cheese on top and enjoy! If you like and have a special occasion coming up - try their flagship Dancing Hares wine - it is delectable!

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