Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard
Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard
Medium garnet-purple colored, strutting the stage with flamboyant freshly crushed red and black currants, black cherries, black raspberries and cassis scents with spectacular lilacs and fragrant earth accents plus sparks of cast iron pan, garrigue and grilled meats. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with amazing energy, packing wonderfully vibrant black fruits, red berries and mineral flavors into a firm, finely grained frame, finishing very long and beautifully lifted.
Wine Advocate 98: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard has a deep garnet color, exploding from the glass with bombastic scents of blueberry preserves, prunes and fruitcake, plus hints of dark chocolate, cinnamon stick, iris and bouquet garni. The full-bodied palate is an exercise in luxuriousness, featuring silken-textured, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and loads of earthy accents.
Wine Advocate 98: Deep garnet-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard unfurls sensuously from the glass with provocative scents of baked black cherries, plum preserves and crème de cassis, with emerging suggestions of fragrant earth, black truffles, Chinese five spice and dusty soil. Full-bodied, rich and oh-so-spicy on the palate, it has a rock-solid backbone of grainy tannins and lively acidity supporting the opulent fruit, finishing very long and exotic. This is a surprisingly decadent and powerful expression of 2017!
Wine Advocate 99+: Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard delivers powerful scents of blackberry preserves, chocolate-covered cherries and stewed plums, giving way to red and black currant jelly, beef drippings and wild fungi. Full-bodied, tightly wound and shimmering with tension in the mouth, it has a solid frame of firm, grainy tannins supporting the reticent fruit, finishing savory and with lots of latent energy. All the signs say that this baby is holding back right now and has more to give with considerable cellaring. Tuck it away for at least 5-6 years and then enjoy it over the next 40 years+.
Wine Advocate 99: The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard features beguiling scents of Montreal-style smoked meat backed by waves of black cherries and cassis. It's full-bodied, rich, plush and expansive on the palate, captivating for its mix of savory and fruity flavors. Offering tons of fun in the glass, this finishes long and tannic but also smoothly silky. It's a complete wine by any measure.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown 100: The 2019 Ark Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color. It needs a swirl or two before it strolls out with notes of creme de cassis, black cherries, and mulberries leading to hints of crushed rocks, iron ore, and underbrush plus tapenade and lavender. The full-bodied palate is concentrated, with minerals, earth, and bags of black fruits, perfectly ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and earthy.
Decanter 100: An outstanding and profoundly layered 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Jayson Woodbridge. I had hoped to include his Hundred Acre wines in my 2019 Napa Cabernet vintage report, but they weren’t available at the time. Had they been, they would have swept in for top honours. The reasons are many, and here, exhibited in this medium- to full-bodied Ark vineyard Cabernet are several exceptional reasons, which begin with complex aromatics of pure black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry skin, layered with nuances of cigar box, sandalwood, and vanillin. Finely-knit firm tannins build exemplary structure, balanced by crisp, blood-orange acid tension. It is a wine of very real intention to showcase the remarkable mineral superstructure beneath the ground of Ark, which is like a vertical layer cake of ancient beachfronts of red soils, black obsidian rock, and volcanic pebbles. ‘It’s a hundred million years of time sequences’, says Woodbridge, and the wine displays itself in equally complex layers of minerality, and the lingering effect is mesmerising and just draws you into the glass.