Wines of Character

The goal at Dancing Hares is to produce a wine, without varietal designation, that best captures the character of the vintage and our unique terroir. Our Merlot vines typically produce a very small crop of intensely flavored fruit, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and ripe raspberries. The Cabernet Franc is also compelling, boasting aromas of licorice and spice, and providing an unctuous, jammy mouthfeel. No surprise, the Cabernet Sauvignon shines in our lean, rocky soils, providing a strong backbone along with blackberry, cassis, and earth tones. The sum of all three varietals is even more enticing than any of the individual parts. We regularly revisit the wines over time in the barrel, and blend just the right percentages of each that best showcase the potential of our vineyard.

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Current Releases

Dancing Hares 2012

Blend: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: September 10 – October 19
Aging: Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels, 75% new
Winemaker Notes:

After two challenging growing seasons, 2012 came like a gift from above. Very little rain, mild to warm temperatures, and a long, temperate Indian summer, made for fully developed fruit and plenty of density with a muscular – yet streamlined – build. We were able to thoughtfully harvest the fruit from our small vineyard over the course of nearly six weeks. The resulting wines are soft, rich and seamless, with each of our four varieties singing in perfect harmony.

Along with dark, rich aromas of mocha, chocolate and marinated cherries, the wine breathes out a vibrancy and aromatic brightness, laced with notes of incense, graphite, and toasting oak. These complexities carry through to the palate, where mouthwatering fruit flavors and subtle space notes meld with the smoky, ore-rich undertones. Even at this young age, the tannins are already highly polished, so the wine is immediately enjoyable. However, it will continue to evolve and improve with years in the bottle.

Dancing Hares 2011

Blend: 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: September 29 – October 19
Aging: Aged for 23 months in French Oak barrels, 75% new
Winemaker Notes:

Meticulous work in the vineyard, and careful sorting of the fruit in the winery, made for an exceptional bottling of Dancing Hares Vineyard from 2011 vintage.  The wine is robust but soft and generous, with notes of brambly black fruits, forest floor, and pipe tobacco.  While the wine is juicy and generous, it also offers many layers of interest to contemplate.  A strict selection of barrels during blending means that this release of Dancing Hares will be very limited.  Those lucky enough to receive the wine will be happy now, and for years to come.

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Mad Hatter 2011

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 61%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Petit Verdot 4%
Aging: Aged for 22 months in 60% new French Oak barrels
Winemaker Notes:

A uniquely cool and late growing season, 2011 delivered wines with dark color, natural acidity and freshness, and a decidedly European aromatic profile. The fruit extracted easily in the fermenters, and the resulting wine went straight to barrel without settling or fining.  The latest vintage of Mad Hatter is immediately open and enjoyable, with great complexity and interest. While dark and concentrated, the wine has soft, polished tannins and can be enjoyed without decanting. While at this point this vintage is already in a good place, it will continue to evolve for the coming 10-12 years.

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Dancing Hares 2003

Blend: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc
Aging: Aged for 22 months in 85% new French Oak barrels
Winemaker Notes:

Our inaugural estate vintage, the 2003 Dancing Hares was first released in 2011 and has evolved into an alluring, graceful example of what this special vineyard can deliver. The wine has developed a very attractive bottle bouquet, with aromas of dried sage, fresh thyme, and exotic hardwood, mingling with deep, ripe berry aromas. The tannins have softened and rounded with time, and bring a soft, silky entry on the palate. The dense fruit at the wine’s core lingers, leaving a mouthwatering, complex finish. This wine has arrived at an exciting time in its evolution, and should continue to develop well in the near future.

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