2019 Dancing Hares Mad Hatter Red Blend Napa Valley
2019 Dancing Hares Mad Hatter Red Blend Napa Valley This is a tiny 5 acre property owned by Paula Brooks and Bob Cook who set out to make the greatest wines in Napa. They hired not only Andy Erickson of Screaming Eagle fame but also the great Michel Rolland (Araujo, Bond, Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, Harlan Estate, Sloan and Staglin), two of the most instrumental Cabernet winemakers on the planet making some of the world’s best wines. This is Howell Mountain in all its Glory, planted in volcanic rock in the famous red aiken soils founded on Howell. The best David Abreu is vineyard manager (Screaming, Staglin, Colgin, Harlan to name a few). In the beginning of 2016 Dancing Hares was purchased by Tuck Beckstoffer son of Andrew Beckstoffer who owns the famous Beckstoffer vineyards, To Kalon, Las Piedras; Dr Crane, George 3 and Missouri Hopper. These are legendary Napa Cab vineyards, that have made some of the greatest Cabernet’s ever. Tuck has brought in the master Philippe Melka (Vineyard 29; Hundred Acre) who will make the wine with Michel Rolland. This is the dream team of Winemaking and Vineyard Management and the results are spectacular.
Now the Wineries make Dancing Hares which sells for around $200 a bottle. What many don’t know is they also make an insider insane value called Mad Hatter that sells for $70 a bottle. Until sold out I have been able to get the 2019 Dancing Hares Mad Hatter down to $42.99 which is a great price! The Mad Hatter at this price is an absolutely mind blowing offering. This is hard core killer Cab that will blow you away.
“The Mad Hatter is a big-time winner. It has a gorgeously deep ruby/purple color, a sweet kiss of licorice, blackcurrants, black cherries, camphor and incense. The wine is fragrant, with supple tannins, an opulent lushness and a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.”
Expressive aromas of black plum, wild hyacinth, and clove. The palette evolves flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate, and baking spice further enhanced by the wine’s velvety tannins, and long delicate finish. Pair this wine with pan roasted pheasant, grilled root vegetables, or a charred Ribeye steak.