- Producer: Hundred Acre
- Winemaker: Jayson Woodbridge
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 700 cases
- Winery location: Saint Helena
- First vintage: 2005
- Drinking window: 2018-2045
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 2010
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard is medium to deep garnet in color and delivers a beautiful nose of kirsch, red currants and blackberries complementing the fragrant core of cassis, tilled soil, red roses and black tea. The palate is full and firm with lovely vivacity and loads of mineral sparks, finishing long with expressive black truffles and sauteed herbs layers."
96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2018)