When one spends enough time in the wine business, eventually some names creep up from the past. Sometimes it's the same person and sometimes it's a different generation. This story is both.
Tony Cartlidge, founder of Dancing Crow, grew up in London, bounced around the globe until he ended up working in the Napa Valley and met Glenn Browne. Without further ado, he married Glenn's daughter, Sarah, and formed a winery with him calling it Cartlidge & Browne.
Not only was Cartlidge & Browne very successful, but it was a frequent selection of the Wine of the Month Cub. Paul, Sr. featured the wines on several occasions and they were always met with incredible enthusiasm from our members. Now, if that isn't enough of a story, it gets better. The great-grandfather of Adam Forni, vineyard manager of Dancing Crow, was Charles Forni, founder of CassayreForni, one of the first wineries in Napa and also a frequent selection of the Wine of the Month Club.
With that kind of history guiding Dancing Crow, only greatness was expected here and we weren't disappointed. This Lake County beauty was picked at very low sugar, which accounts for the low, 12.3% alcohol. Fermentation lasted over a month to pull as much flavor as possible from the grapes. The results are spectacular at the least offering floral, and fruit components mixed with lemon peel and pear blossom. Outstanding!