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Date Printed: 6/27/2017
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108682)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 6/27/2017: $274.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ark is gorgeously rich, with a deep ruby/purple color and crème de cassis aromas intermixed with some graphite, licorice, fresh tobacco, espresso, and spice. Dense and massive, with rich, opulent, structured layers of mocha, blackberry, black currant and plum. The wine expresses supple tannins and beautiful concentration, and the flavors run deep and gain momentum on the finish.

All Hundred Acre wines are made by sorting the fruit berry by berry,fermenting in small French oak fermenters, and long aging in the finest barriques. The secret to Hundred Acre is no compromise and no detail overlooked, ever.

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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