“Dancing Crow has successfully positioned itself as a high-quality, astronomic-value winery.”
Dan Dawson has been part of the Napa Valley wine scene for over twenty five years in many roles – as sommelier at the French Laundry and head buyer at Dean and DeLucca to name just two. He now operates the Wine Advisor where he shares his insider knowledge of the Valley.
Here are his recent sterling reviews of three Dancing Crow wines.
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 Sauvignon Blanc 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 – where the growing days are hot and the nights are cool. 11% Merlot from Mendocino in the blend.