Wines of Character
Mad Hatter 2013
Much will be written about the unique nature of the 2013 vintage. It came during what will now be seen as the beginning of a major drought. Vines had just enough soil moisture reserves in the spring to grow strong, health canopies. However, berry size was quite small, even with a decent crop, which came from the cluster number, rather than weight. Temperatures were relatively mild during the growing season, with very few heat spikes and virtually no rain. This made for highly concentrated wines, with firm tannins and plenty of natural, mouthwatering acidity.
The Mad Hatter from 2013 is deep, dense, and aromatically flamboyant. It is packed with flavor—fresh blueberry and blackberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, and burnt caramel. The wine’s bright perfume continues to waft up from the glass as it opens. One can pick up the characteristics of each of the four varieties: the powerful fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon, the licorice spice and savory quality of the Cabernet Franc, the Merlot’s juicy blue fruits, and the brooding, dark nature of the Petit Verdot. It all comes together to create something unique and special in this exciting vintage.
Dancing Hares 2012
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
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 2012
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 with plenty of density and a muscular—yet streamlined—build. The resulting wines are soft, rich, and seamless, with each of our four varieties singing in perfect harmony.
The 2012 Mad Hatter is youthful, forward, and expressive. The wine is ebullient with pure, uninhibited fruit aromas—black cherry, plum, strawberry—as well as baking spices and kirsch, which add a lift and exciting fragrance. On the palate, there is a roundness and polish that make the wine accessible and wholly enjoyable immediately, even without decanting. There is certainly enough density and structure for the wine to age for ten or more years; however, there is significant enjoyment to be had right away.
Mad Hatter 2011
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.
Dancing Hares 2003
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.