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 2010

Blend: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: September 21 – October 13
Aging: Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels, 80% new
Winemaker Notes:

Dancing Hares Vineyard performed incredibly well in this relatively cool, late vintage. The wine, like the vineyard planting, is blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Each variety developed at a distinct pace in the vineyard, giving us a broad spectrum of flavors and textures with which to blend. The color in the skins was dark, opaque purple, and the wine possesses this same attribute. Aromas and flavors are bright and expressive, showing notes of black cherry, vanilla bean, sandalwood and smoke. The palate impression is intense and focused, with plenty of fruit packed in a framework of solid, but polished, tannin. While expressive, full-bodied and hedonistic right now, the wine will continue to develop well in the cellar for 15-20 years or more. decades of evolution and enjoyment.

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.

Mad Hatter 2010

Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Aging: Aged for 21 months in 65% new French Oak barrels
Winemaker Notes:

Mother Nature provided a small but concentrated crop in 2010, thanks to challenging spring conditions, and a few waves of intense heat during the growing season. The results are the darkest, most concentrated wines produced yet from Dancing Hares, including the Mad Hatter. The wine’s first noticeable attribute is its dark, nearly opaque, black color. The first aromas are of India ink, gunpowder, and frankincense, then rolling into more fruit-driven aromas as the wine reveals itself, showing intense structure and weight on the palate. Our hard work during the growing season and vintage paid off, as our wines really do represent our best efforts. There is no doubt that the 2010 Mad Hatter will age for many years, and even in its youth the wine is immensely pleasurable.

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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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