*2007 Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, USA
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard is medium garnet colored and comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant Chinese five spice, dried rose petals, candied violets and cast iron pan scents over a core of kirsch, cassis and blackberry compote with mincemeat pie and tilled soil nuances. The palate is full-bodied, rich, achingly plush and completely packed with nuanced black fruits, delivering wonderfully satiny tannins and freshness throughout the epically long, exquisitely poised finish. Pure class. (RP)
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.