One cool, Spring day in the shadow of Mt. Konocti, a family came to lay out their vineyard using straws to mark where the vines would be planted. While feasting during their midday lunch they saw a murder of crows dancing around the straws, which made them laugh. Yet, when they looked again, the crows and the straws were gone. The family learned two things that day: be wary of dancing crows, and what to name their vineyard.
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90 Points for 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Recent Reviews from Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor
Dan Dawson has been part of the Napa Valley wine world for 25 years and has played many roles, including head sommelier at the French Laundry and head buyer at Dean and Delucca. He now operates Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor and these reviews recently appeared there:
“Dancing Crow has successfully positioned itself as a high-quality, astronomic-value winery.”
2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Awesome Value
Easy to pick this out of wine line-up as Sauvignon Blanc…lemon zest, grapefruit, lime juice, honeydew melon, lemon thyme. Light bodied, strong intensity of flavor. Shiny-bright with healthy acidity and a leesy richness on the finish. If you’re a fan of crisp, taut California Sauvignon Blanc, I guarantee you’ll like the Dancing Crow SB a lot. 100% Sauv Blanc, steel tank fermented and aged
2018 Zinfandel – Great Value
Just barely enough Zinfandel to be called such and 1/4th a field blend of Alicante Bouschet, Cinsault, Touriga Nacional and more. Surpisingly delicious for such a young and hearty red wine. Deep, dark red berry smells and flavors that venture into the blueberry zone. Particularly spicy, especially on the finish. Roast coffee beans, clove, cinnamon and Pernod (anise). The black licorice is especially pronounced when first opened and enjoyed. Purity of flavor, careful use of oak, fine tannins and a healthy thread of acidity make this a complete, high quality wine. Once again, Dancing Crow WAY over-delivers for the price!
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Hall of Fame Value
Very satisfying Cabernet Sauvignon that’s ready to enjoy anytime. Dark red, ripe cherries, blueberries and pomegranate flavors are obvious and generous. With the fruit, honest and transparent Cabernet flavors of cassis, sandalwood and cedar compliment nicely. Fine tannins, medium acidity and kiss of toasty oak make for a rich, ripe mouthfeel and sensation. This is an outstanding choice for a “House Cab” or restaurant by-the-glass Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet comes from two AVAs: Red Hills and Big Valley – both over 2000 feet elevation where the growing days are hot and the nights are cool. 11% Merlot from Mendocino in the blend.
Mike Dunne’s Best-of-Class tasting notes
– SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2019 –
Dancing Crow 2017 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc: “No surprise that the Best-of- Class Sauvignon Blanc in the $17 to $21 price range, despite a crowded field (61 entries), would be from Lake County. This could be the poster picture for the area’s Sauvignon Blanc, not only for its striking label but for its essence of lemon and lime in the wine’s flavor, its vital acidity and spice, and its remarkably lingering finish.”
Dancing Crow Vineyards 2017 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon: “Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range isn’t supposed to be this profound in expression of variety, place and vintage, but consider that it comes from Lake County, which for years has been providing Napa Valley wineries with grapes and now finally is being recognized openly for the caliber and character of its fruit.”