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Professional Ratings: 95 International Wine Cellar, 94 Wine Spectator, 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 The Wine Advocate
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 113993
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.
Medium-deep red-ruby. Much less expressive initially than the Ark, with hints of darker fruits, licorice and tobacco. Then tighter and more brooding in the mouth, with dark fruit and spice flavors leading to a gripping, slowly mounting, whiplash of a finish. This is much less accessible today than the Ark but gained steadily in richness and sweetness with extended aeration without any loss of freshness. I found my score as I followed the wine.
Range: 92-95 points
A rich, supple, graceful style, with gentle layers of wild berry, plum, black licorice, crème de cassis and vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and great length. Drink now through 2022.
Defines the modern, cult Napa Cabernet style, albeit at a hefty price. Soft and rich tannins and liberally oaked, it shows massively ripe blackberry, cherry and sandalwood flavors, with a meaty, slightly funky note that adds interest. Easy to like right out of the bottle, it's so decadent. With high alcohol, it doesn't seem like a longterm ager, so drink over the next six years.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard emerges from the glass with dark plums, black cherries, espresso, mint, licorice and leather. It shows gorgeous balance and harmony in its centered, beautifully articulated personality. All the elements come together beautifully in this rich, fabulous wine. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.