Dancing Crow Vineyards bottle

Dancing Crow Vineyards

Red Wine, 2017

Dancing Crow founder Tony Cartlidge grew up in London, but his thirst for exploration took him to France, North Africa and Alaska before he settled in California wine country. Now, 40 years later, he’s embarking on a new viticultural journey: working with vines planted in the middle of the world’s largest geothermal field, on the side of a volcano. As it happens, Syrah and Grenache vines grow perfectly there, which means Tony’s adventure only gets tastier from here.

Profile

Dancing Crow Volcano Ridge Red is as close as California gets to a southern Rhône red. It’s like a power ballad: a bass line of Syrah-driven oomph, a sanguine Mourvèdre solo and a sentimental tear drop of Grenache.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
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APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry
Blueberry
Violet
Black olive

Pairing

The opposite of subtle, these reds completely coat your palate with fruit flavor and tannin. California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as reds from countries with warm climates, like Spain and Australia, are what you want with dishes that are rich in their own right. It’s why these reds rule every steakhouse wine list.

TASTING TIP

Just as with the classic reds of the Rhône’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape, look for aromas of violets, pepper and black olives imparted by the wine’s Syrah.

Sweet and beefy for the holidays? Uncork the fullest, fruitiest red you can find and settle in for sublime deliciousness.

Think of this as a test run for Super Bowl Sunday: Pair chili with the biggest, most decadent red you can find, and settle in.

Go big or go home when the burger is this juicy and cheesy. The more bad-ass the red, the better.

Since rich, beefy bolognese is anything but subtle, you can never go wrong with a decadent, hedonistic red.

Meaty richness? A big kick of spice? A touch sweetness? Go with as big a red as you can get. And settle in for the night.

A steakhouse special? Pour a bold red and bust out the white tablecloth while you're at it.

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More About The Wine

Lake County covers 1,300 square miles, with diverse terrain, soil types and microclimates that suit different grape varieties. Volcano Ridge, at more than 2,000 feet of elevation, was formed by eruptions more than 10,000 years ago. It experiences hot days and cool nights, and its well-drained soil helps the vines grow grapes with concentrated, complex flavors.

DID YOU KNOW?

Volcano Ridge Vineyard is cooled and dried by strong winds off the vast Clear Lake—not unlike the mistral, which performs the same service to vineyards in France’s southern Rhône Valley.

  • VARIETY
    Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2017
  • VINEYARD
    Volcano Ridge Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Lake County, California
  • OAK
    French & Hungarian oak (8 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    15.1%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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