Like Alice falling through a rabbit hole to begin her journey, a certain “wonderland” happened back in 2004 when the original owners of a 30-acre plot of land at the base of Howell Mountain began making Bordeaux styled wine. Then in 2016 Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer bought 20 acres of that property and the winery. Throughout the adventure, there was no looking back and was certainly no dream; or maybe it was a dream come true!
Gaining exemplary notoriety for the wines produced, Dancing Hares and their second wine, Mad Hatter, under the guidance of such names as David Abreu (Vineyard Manager) and consultants Michel Rolland and more recently, Philipe Melka, released the newest wine of Dancing Hares for 2016, the first under the Beckstoffer ownership.
A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Petit Verdot, and .5% Merlot the wine sees 22 months in oak with 70% of being new barriques. From the first whiff, the wine puts forth a renaissance of aromas which continue onto the palate of dark black and rich fruit followed by sultry spice notes. This full-bodied wine still offers a certain softness even at its young age that will only continue to evolve and be fully engaged and integrated if you can stand the wait. In my case, it was the next day!
Not easy to come by, but if you find it, don’t hesitate, just like Alice, you’ll find the wine saying “Drink Me!”