One cool, Spring day in the shadow of Mt. Konocti, a family came to lay out their vineyard using straw to mark the vines. While feasting during their midday lunch they saw a murder of crows dancing around the straw, which made them laugh. Yet, when they looked again, the crows and the straw were gone. The family learned two things that day: be wary of dancing crows, and what to name their vineyard.
Dancing Crow Vineyards’ Winemaker David DeSante
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Quotes of the Day:
Dancing Crow2017 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.”
– Mike Dunne’s Best-of-Class tasting notes – SF Chronicle Wine Competition review (1/11/19)
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There is a spirit of place within the Dancing Crow vineyard.
The land itself is an exciting balance between untamed wilderness and Sustainable farming practices, with the end result being a Sauvignon Blanc that dances between the Old World and the New.
Something to Crow about... Lake County's dramatically unique terroir is the result of a tremendous 11,000 year-old volcanic eruption, an elevated mountain climate and its proximity to Clear Lake - one of the largest freshwater lakes in California. Lake County's fertile soils are complemented by hot days and cool nights, which allows for optimum balance between fruit, tannins and acidity.