At Kwiker Liquor, we know that the key to having a great selection of fine wines is knowing a great selection of Vintners and Winemakers. We take pride in cultivating these relations to bring the very best to our customers in the Panhandle. This month we called on our friends from Dancing Hares Vineyard to share their story with us:
In the year 2000, five acres of Bordeaux varietals were planted on rocky, porous soils at the base of Howell Mountain, called Dancing Hares. Now known as AMULET ESTATE but with a more distinct focus on a portfolio of single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, they still show an appreciation for the past as they continue to honor the traditions of Dancing Hares and produce a wine of elegance and grace, aged for nearly two years in new and neutral French Oak barrels.
With less than 1,000 cases produced, the 2016 growing season was a nearly perfect growing season thanks to optimal weather conditions throughout the Napa Valley. Winemaker Shawn Johnson, together with consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka, blended this vintage of Dancing Hares from primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Petit Verdot and Merlot.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate awarded this wine 95+ points and offered the following tasting notes: “The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Dancing Hares Proprietary Red is boldly scented of crème de cassis, mocha, plum preserves and dried lavender with touches of black olives, spice box, Sichuan pepper and cigar box. Full-bodied with bags of black fruits and exotic spices on offer in the mouth, it has a firm yet velvety frame and just enough freshness, finishing very long.”
The 2016 Dancing Hares is yet another jewel in the crown of this unique, distinctive and historic piece of land in St. Helena. It’s the result of the collaboration between so many notable individuals and a reflection of the land, made more beautiful through the art of winemaking.