*2007 Hundred Acre Deep Time Cabernet Sauvignon
Hundred Acre Deep Time Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2007
Not far behind is the potentially perfect 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time, which is scheduled to be bottled soon as it has already spent nearly three years in barrel. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of espresso roast, sweet kirsch, black currant and spice. Multidimensional and unctuously textured but not heavy, its striking purity and intensity are remarkable. It should drink well during its first 10-15 years of life as my instincts suggest the Deep Time will not be as long lived as its siblings.
Flamboyant, visionary, genius, arrogant, volatile and contrarian – all adjectives used to describe Jayson Woodbridge, owner and winemaker of Hundred Acre Vineyard, who in his quest for making exceptional Napa Cabs has not been afraid of ruffling a few feathers along the way.
The 9 acre Kayli Morgan vineyard, situated at the base of Howell Mountain, is planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and has been the foundation of Hundred Acre’s wines since their debut in 2000. Woodbridge is fastidious in both vineyard and winery, with the wines harvested grape by grape rather than bunch by bunch before further hand sorting to eliminate anything that is not deemed perfect. Aged in new French oak or varying sizes, with the 500l puncheon being the preferred vessel for the long ageing regimes employed, typically 2.5 to 3 years.
These are cult wines on a par with the likes of Harlan and Screaming Eagle, so don’t come cheap but are superb.