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Dancing Crow Sauvignon Blanc Lake County 2015

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Dancing Crow’s winemaker David DeSante once turned down a chance to work for France’s legendary Chateau Lafite Rothschild. That anecdote alone proves he’s got serious skills, and every drop of his talent is demonstrated by this spectacular expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Charged with bright aromatics, crisp acidity, and a seductive mouthfeel, this splendid selection provides perfect refreshment on warm days and sensual pleasure after sunset. This is a white wine you will want to have on hand.

About the wine

Bright, crisp, and flavor-packed, this well-balanced expression of  Sauvignon Blanc expertly sashays down the fine line that separates refreshment and decadence. Lively bursts of citrus blossom, fresh cut pear, and rose petals flourish upon the nose. A vivacious transition leads to a voluptuous mouth-feel marked by invigorating layers of Meyer lemon, golden apple, and apricot. Supple tannins guide the experience to a long, lingering finish. This is a white wine that wine lovers will long for on a warm summer day.

Winemaker: David and Katherine DeSante
AppellationRed Hills
93 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced
4.1/5.0, Vivino Users 
GrapesSauvignon Blanc
Vineyards: Undisclosed Vines in Red Hills (Cabernet Sauvignon), Mendocino County(Merlot), and Napa Valley (Petite Sirah)
Cooperage6 Months in Stainless Steel
ABV: 12.3%

About the winery & vineyards

Dancing Crow’s name stems from a tale regarding an unlucky winemaker and thieving birds. It’s a cute story, the venue’s real-life origins are just as cool. Founded in 2011, Dancing Crow is the brainchild of Napa mover and shaker Tony Cartlidge, the self-described “over the hill benign dictator” that steered the semi-eponymous Cartlidge & Browne from a classic garage winery to a 120,000 case per year bulwark. For this brilliant Cab Sauv, Dancing Crow Cellars turns its attention to vines found in the hidden gem appellation known as Red Hills. Perched on the northern Mayacamas Mountains above the fog line, the grapes here indulge in extended exposure to UV light. The extra sunshine, when combined with the well-draining volcanic soil, help produce succulent thick-skinned grapes that can barely hold back their intensity. They add a dash of other varietals with these gorgeous grapes, and the result of their voodoo is a phenomenal red that can complement practically anything. Presumably even crow.

About the winemaker

David DeSante knew he wanted to be a winemaker since he was 10, when he’d try to ferment Concord grapes at his childhood home in Erie, Pennsylvania. The bug held strong into adulthood; so much so, he and his wife Katherine moved to Napa with her encouragement, and he’s been pursuing viticultural perfection ever since. His impressive resume includes stints in Australia and France as well as the opportunity to be Robert Mondavi’s right hand man. He also had a chance to score a gig at the esteemed Chateau Lafite Rothschild, but turned it down when he found out Katherine couldn’t come. It proved to be the Chateau’s loss; Katherine got bit by the vintner bug during her husband’s exploits, and she’s since become a fermentation wizard. Together, the dynamic duo lends their exceptional winemaking talents to Dancing Crow and a few other wineries, and they also have been stewards of their own label, DeSante wines, since 2001.

93 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced

"This wine is unique in its ability to be both rich and bright with multiple levels of flavor and complexity. Aromas of fresh cut pear and citrus blossom charm the senses, while the flavors exhibit a refreshing blend of meyer lemon, apricot and golden apple. Elegant bouquet of rose petals, guava and honeycomb. On the palate its fresh acidity plays well with crisp golden apple, apricot and pear flavors. Another stunner for the price and case purchase which won't break the bank, is recommended." 


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Flavor-packed – A Terrific Sauvignon Blanc!
$15.99 CA Sauvignon Blanc - Perfect Summer White Candidate!
David DeSante creates a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc marked by bright aromatics, crisp acidity, and a seductive mouthfeel. Your perfect Summer companion.
David DeSante creates a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc marked by bright aromatics, crisp acidity, and a seductive mouthfeel. Your perfect Summer companion.
David DeSante Winemaker
Insane Value at $15.99
Perfect White for the Summer
2017-5-17 23:59:00 -08:00:00
#review=Alex Casella, WSET Advanced:
93 / 100
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