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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99533)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark and gorgeously dense the 2006 Ark Cabernet Sauvignon is extravagant with aromas of creme de cassis, tobacco, licorice and fresh, clean earth. The rich aromatics are complimented by deep layers of concentrated blackberry and black currant flavors that mingle beautifully with mocha, espresso, and a touch of spice box. The wine expresses supple tannins and the considerable fruit characters follow beautifully through the long finish. This wine will drink superbly for two decades.
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About Hundred Acre:

"One of California’s (perhaps the world’s) most flamboyant, talented, contrarian wine producers is Napa Valley’s Jayson Woodbridge, the owner of Hundred Acre winery. Woodbridge has been running in high gear since his debut 2000. His 100% Cabernet Sauvignons are made primarily by him, with some consulting advice from Philippe Melka. His first effort was from his home vineyard, Kayli Morgan, which is situated east of St. Helena. That offering was followed by a Cabernet from the 15 acre Ark Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Woodbridge recently purchased a tiny, well-situated hillside parcel above the Eisele Vineyard, southeast of Calistoga. His special projects include the Cabernet Sauvignon Precious (in issue #174 I mistakenly called it “Previous”), a wine harvested grape by grape rather than bunch by bunch, and his Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time, which sees extended oak aging (36-42 months). All things considered, this is an extraordinary group of wines. They are not easy to secure unless you are on Hundred Acre’s mailing list, but they are truly profound offerings that showcase a variety of Napa Valley terroirs as well as different harvesting and barrel aging techniques. The newest enterprise is the Dark Matter Zinfandel, a Zinfandel that is pushed to the limits of ripeness from the high elevations of Howell Mountain. The most common characteristic among all of the Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignons is their incredibly opulent, creamy textures. That character vindicates Woodbridge’s harvesting decisions as he seems to achieve extraordinarily sweet, noble tannins in all of his wines. There are approximately 250 cases of Jayson Woodbridge’s special projects, including the Precious and Deep Time cuvees."
-Wine Adocate, Robert Parker