Winemaker Julianne Laks describes the wine: "The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged for 26 months in French oak (60% new). The total acidity is .068 g/100ml; the pH is 3.84 and the alcohol is 14.8%. This is a truly intense and elegant wine. The Dancing Bear Ranch terroir produces grapes with deep color, bright acidity and full tannic flavor. The nose is full of ripe black fruits, forest-floor spice, rich fig and chocolate tones. On the palate the wine delivers intensely concentrated blackberry, blackcurrant, wild cherry and ripe fig flavors balanced by firm acidity and round, silky tannins. Built for aging and with a deep core of fruit that unfolds in a lengthy, spice-and-mineral tinged finish, this is a dramatic mountain red wine, which makes compelling drinking now. Its tight-knit structure argues for another 7-10 years of bottle age.
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