- Producer: Hundred Acre
- Winemaker: Jayson Woodbridge
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 900 cases
- Winery location: Saint Helena
- First vintage: 2005
- Drinking window: 2018-2049
About The Wine:
The single estate vineyard Ark is located just outside St. Helena, California at the base of Howell Mountain. It was originally planted in the 1880s, but was sadly lost to Prohibition. It took five years to rebuild. Ark is comprised of nine different blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted meter by meter in nine different volcanic soil strata.
The vineyard stretches through a sixty-million-year time sequence: three ancient beach fronts, a prehistoric weapons quarry, and spans a 180-degree arc of the sun over its half-mile length. Hot afternoon sun known to damage aromatics in the fruit (on the hottest days), is blocked by the shade of Glass Mountain (named for the rare obsidian rock found in the soil and for ancient weapons such as arrowheads) which rises to the western side of the Ark vineyard.
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
"Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard gives up bold cherry cordial, blackberry pie, dried mulberries and plum preserves notions with nuances of violets and orange blossoms plus wafts of black tea, cast iron pan, pencil lead and beef drippings. The palate is full-bodied, decadently concentrated and very structured with a solid line of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, delivering a long, mineral-tinged finish."
97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2018)