Hundred Acre Deep Time
Hundred Acre Deep Time
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Defines the modern, cult Napa Cabernet style, albeit at a hefty price. Soft and rich tannins and liberally oaked, it shows massively ripe blackberry, cherry and sandalwood flavors, with a meaty, slightly funky note that adds interest. Easy to like right out of the bottle, it's so decadent.
Wine Advocate 98+: Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard Deep Time rolls languorously out of the glass with subtle, slowly emerging scents of redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries, mulberries and cassis plus faint wafts of forest floor, oolong tea, potpourri, menthol and Indian spices. The full-bodied palate is firm, taut and solidly structured with ripe, grainy tannins, revealing loads of very tightly wound layers with coaxing, finishing very long and purely fruited. This wine was a little closed compared to other wines/vintages and therefore could well warrant a higher score when it comes out on the other side of this mute phase, in say 5-7 years.
Wine Advocate 98: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time spent 48 months in French oak barrels. Deep garnet in color, it offers a profound fragrance of potpourri, star anise, sautéed herbs, rusty nails and cigar box, over a core of blackcurrant preserves and prunes, plus a waft of crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is concentrated and satiny, offering exhilarating layers of of exotic spice and incense-spiked black fruit preserves, finishing with amazing length and depth. It is ready to drink now and should continue to evolve and cellar over the next 25 years+.
Wine Advocate 98: The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time is a selection of barrels from all three single vineyards, held back for extended maturation. This year, the wine aged in wood for 48 months. Marked by typical cigar box aromas, it also delivers plenty of cherries, vanilla and a hint of cassis. It's full-bodied, rich and undeniably woody, yet still retains ample freshness and length. It reminds me a bit of some Riojas, for its wood presence and elegance, but with more power and fruit weight, like some of Chris RIngland's long-aged releases of Barossa Shiraz. Idiosyncratic but delicious, it's another top-class effort from proprietor Jayson Woodbridge.