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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard 2009
Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard 2009
(search item no. 117093)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $279.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 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
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 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 single estate vineyard ARK is located just outside St. Helena, California, at the base of Howell Mountain. It was originally planted in the 1880's, but was sadly lost to Prohibition. It took us five years to rebuild; she is our pride and joy.

As with all of our vineyards, we pick only when the fruit is perfectly ripe; this doesn't always happen at once. It is common for us to make multiple passes through the vineyard, picking different clusters from the same vines as they reach perfect maturity. This attention to detail is critical to making a wine the caliber of Hundred Acre.

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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