Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
This seamless, sexy, opulent 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan resembles a Merlot-based Pomerol more than a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Jayson Woodbridge's brilliant effort exhibits abundant notes of plums, kirsch, black currants, licorice, incense and subtle smoky oak. With fabulous fruit, a seductive, seamless, almost haute couture personality, excellent purity and texture as well as a multidimensional style, it is in a magical place at age ten where it should continue to remain for another 10-15 years.
The Wine Advocate - "This seamless, sexy, opulent 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan resembles a Merlot-based Pomerol more than a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Jayson Woodbridge’s brilliant effort exhibits abundant notes of plums, kirsch, black currants, licorice, incense and subtle smoky oak. With fabulous fruit, a seductive, seamless, almost haute couture personality, excellent purity and texture as well as a multidimensional style, it is in a magical place at age ten where it should continue to remain for another 10-15 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Full red-ruby. Fragrant, nuanced nose combines redcurrant, raspberry, plum, tobacco, mocha and baking spices. Sweet and velvety but with succulent acids giving the wine terrific vinosity. Wonderfully sweet, structured and long, and highly aromatic on the aftertaste. The extra time in barrel has burned off some of the wine's baby fat and revealed its spine of acids and tannins. If the extra year of barrel aging can be said to mimic the effect of several years of bottle aging, the Hundred Acre wine from the clay-rich Kayli Morgan Vineyard should prove to be long-lived."
Wine Spectator - "Lots to admire in this dense, ripe, rich and concentrated youngster, with a smoky, creamy core of mocha-, plum- and blackberry-laced fruit, pencil lead and cedar notes. There's also a mix of earth, leather and spice aromatics giving extra dimension. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste and firm and chewy tannins, boding well for the future. Best from 2005 through 2012. 1,900 cases made."
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Hundred Acre Winery
"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 View all Hundred Acre Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.