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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan 2010
Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan 2010
(search item no. 124349)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $289.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

The Kayli Morgan Vineyard is located just north of Saint Helena, California at the base of Howell Mountain. The soils are a chocolaty clay; holding moisture to keep the vines cool. As summer progresses, the ground forms micro-cracks, allowing the roots to seek water deeper and deeper into the earth; as they do, they pick up minerals that give Kayli Morgan its distinctive characteristics. Kayli Morgan is a single estate vineyard and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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