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Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • V 96
  • RP 95
  • WS 94
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Winemaker 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,... View More

Critical Acclaim

V 96
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard emerges from a parcel of old, volcanic soils that inform the wine to a significant degree. A vivid kaleidoscope of iron, ash, tar, smoke, crushed rocks and dark red berries take shape as this fabulous, pedigreed wine shows off its considerable personality. A cool, inward wine, the Ark is all about minerality and pure tension as a backdrop for the characteristic Hundred Acre fruit. A huge, mineral-soaked finish rounds things out in style. The 2009 is the rare Hundred Acre wine that is not likely to offer immediate pleasure. It will more than make up for that in the future. I can't wait to see how this explosive, beguiling Cabernet develops over the next few years.

RP 95
The Wine Advocate

Richer, fuller and more intense is the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard. This wine displays more graphite and floral notes as well as deeper blueberry and black raspberry characteristics. Like most 2009s, it is full of charm, complete and well-balanced, and for a Napa Cabernet, surprisingly precocious and evolved.
Range: 93-95

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WS 94
Wine Spectator

This elegant style displays backbone and vibrancy, offering fresh, ripe, generous black cherry and blackberry fruit, with silky tannins.

Hundred Acre

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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... View More