2014 Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 98-100
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :
$449.95

"Smoky, toasty oak is a strong flavor amid more subtle notes of plum and blackberry, with touches of sage and cedar folding together on the finish, which is long, graceful and refined, scoring points for subtlety. Drink now through 2032. 980 cases made.–JL" (WS)

"From Howell Mountain, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark reveals the mulberry, chocolate, graphite and an incredibly dense bluish black color, massive fruit extract and richness, but without a hard edge to be found. All three of these are extraordinary wines, which is what we’ve come to expect from Jayson Woodbridge.

Visiting with Hundred Acre’s contrarian proprietor, the bigger-than-life, outspoken and suffers-no-fools Jayson Woodbridge, is always a highlight. First of all, and most importantly, is his commitment to producing great wines. At the same time, he is turning out attractive, consumer-friendly Pinot Noirs. Then there are his inexpensive Layer Cake wines, showing that his portfolio covers the values as well. But what follows is a look at his top-of-the-line wines from the 15-acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard east of St. Helena, his 15-acre Howell Mountain Ark Vineyard and a spectacular site adjacent to the Eisele Vineyard south of Calistoga called Few and Far Between. His first vintage was the 2000 Kayli Morgan. At that time he was using consultant Philippe Melka, but he has been on his own for a number of years and the wine quality continues to be among the most singular and profound in all of Napa Valley. His outspoken personality doesn’t often sit well in conservative and quiet Napa, but he only needs to let his wines do the talking. Little else needs to be said or done." (WA)