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Hundred Acre
“THIS WINE TOTALLY
RESETS THE
BENCHMARK
FOR 100 POINTS.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Hundred Acre may only have been around for a couple of decades but in that time, it has produced twenty 100 point (Wine Advocate) wines. This trailblazing estate is owned by self-taught winemaker, Jayson Woodbridge. His first purchase was the Kayli Morgan vineyard, at the base of Howell mountain. This was followed with the purchase of Ark vineyard,at the base of Glass Mountain just outside of St. Helena. The addition of the Few and Far Between vineyard, on the upper slope above Eisele vineyard in Calistoga was the final piece in the puzzle.  

Not content with producing exceptional single vineyard wines from each of his three sites, Woodbridge created a blend of all three. 'Wraith' is a barrel selection from the best of each vineyard, combined as an ultimate expression, intended to be greater than the sum of its constituent parts. I can offer a tiny allocation of the newly released 2016 vintage. Additionally, there are a few scarce bottles of the 2015 Deep Time. This is a special project where individual barrels are selected for prolonged ageing before bottling, with the aim of enhancing depth and harmony. Production is always minuscule and in 2015 it was smaller than usual.

Subscribers to Wine Advocate can read a fascinating and in-depth article about Hundred Acre here.

ETA June 2021

2016 The Wraith

15 Bot @ £1320 per 3 Bot Case, in bond

Even better, and a perfect wine from my viewpoint, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Wraith is a blend of estate vineyards and spends 40 months in new French oak. As with all of Woodbridge’s wines, it has an incredible sense of elegance and finesse paired with beautiful richness and depth. Deep ruby/purple, with cassis and kirsch fruits as well as stunning notes of tobacco, toast, and gravelly minerality, this is Cabernet Sauvignon at its most complex, seamless, and elegant. The tannin quality is off the charts, and this magical, full-bodied, multi-dimensional effort can be enjoyed any time over the coming 30+ years or more. 2020-2052
100 points Jeb Dunnuck

 

2015 Deep Time

10 Bot @ £880 per 2 Bot Case, in bond

There are no reviews for the 2015 Deep Time, as yet but Robert Parker's notes for previous vintages give good insight:

2012 Deep Time
One of his more experimental wines is called Deep Time. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time spent 46 months in cask. There are only probably two winemakers I know who are pushing long cask-aging this far: Manfred Krankl with some of his long, barrique-aged Rhône Ranger wines and Justin Smith doing the same thing farther north at Saxum. Forty-six months may be the longest time I have known a Cabernet Sauvignon to spend in oak, but like so many things with Jayson Woodbridge, although it may seem irrational, when you taste the results it all adds up. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time shows no evidence of oak, which I know may be hard to believe, but go ahead, find a bottle and taste it. It is a layered, powerful, seamless Cabernet Sauvignon with loads of graphite, forest floor, cedar wood, crème de cassis and blackberry. The wine is dense and full-bodied. No one would ever guess by its youthfulness and energetic personality that this wine had spent this much time in cask. Look for it to continue to drink well from its release forward, easily 25 or more years. 2016-2041
98 points Robert Parker

2009 Deep Time
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time is another perfect wine. Quintessential elegance, seductiveness and ripeness are all present in this full-bodied, gorgeously rich wine along with intense minerality and abundant, corpulent, cassis, mulberry and boysenberry fruit. It takes a wild ride on the palate with incredible intensity yet a surreal finesse and focus that belie the wine’s compelling concentration and intensity. I’ll cut off my notes now since so few people will ever get a chance to try this beauty, but if you do, it takes you deep into the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the complicated think tank of Woodbridge’s brain. Anticipated maturity: now-2030.
100 points Robert Parker

 

Wraith


WINEMAKER NOTES
“WRAITH is a trinity of Hundred Acre’s three single vineyard wines. It is a selection of barrels set aside in the cellar from those waiting to be blended someday into the single vineyard wines from Kayli Morgan, ARK or Few and Far Between. All very different and incredibly unique. The WRAITH shows all the beauty and personality of each individual vineyard and how they come together to develop even greater complexity.” — Jayson Woodbridge, Winemaker

VINEYARD NOTES
WRAITH is all about the chance to experience the three incredible creatures (the Hundred Acre single vineyards) working together in symphony and perfect harmony to tell you about the vintage in all of its glory. In 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.

VINTAGE NOTES
The 2016 vintage was the beginning of the end of the drought in Napa Valley. The vines were finally given a break with close to normal amount of rain in the winter preceding the vintage. 2016 was cooler overall than 2014 & 2015, it was warm and dry, but without the massive spikes in temperature that challenged the previous two years. 2016 was the kind of year where even a blind squirrel can find a nut, so most wineries could coast along and make good wine. We don’t coast, so 2016 was an epic vintage for us, one for the ages.

 

Deep Time


WINEMAKER NOTES
“Deep Time is a study in how oak integrates over time and how Cabernet Sauvignon can, even after two years, continue to concentrate the same way a chef reduces a stock. Expressive barrel lots that transcend the already high Hundred Acre standards are aged for five or more years, deep in the Ring cellar. Deep Time represents some of the very best and most unique lots from our single vineyard estates and this extended aging or "dreaming" showcases the true depth of the vineyard and unrivaled ageability the wine possesses.” — Jayson Woodbridge, Winemaker

VINEYARD NOTES
All Hundred Acre wines are made by a very exacting standard in the vineyard. Pruning to one cluster [per shoot], harvesting in multiple passes [five or more], 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.

VINTAGE NOTES
The 2015 vintage will forever be defined as the height of the drought in Napa Valley. The vines were under tremendous stress with a warm, long growing season and very limited access to water. these drought conditions led to small berries, tight clusters and tremendous concentration. Unfortunately, these conditions also led to signifcantly lower yields than the 2014 vintage.

COOPERAGE
Hundred Acre Deep Time wines are aged 60 months in the finest French oak barrique. The stave wood is hand-selected for ultra-tight grain, then air dried for three years before being made into barrels.

 

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