2012 Hundred Acre, Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

2012 Hundred Acre, Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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2012 Hundred Acre, Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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Woodbridge’s vineyard tucked away near the famous Eisele Vineyard, now owned by Château Latour, produces the wine known as the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between Vineyard. This is another luxurious, exceptionally concentrated and loaded wine with great intensity, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, unbelievable amounts of blackberry, cassis and blueberry fruit, crushed rock minerality, and a floral note. It is easily the most backward of the five Cabernet Sauvignons I tasted from Woodbridge in 2012. The wine is super-intense, displays plenty of tannin, but is silky and well-integrated. This wine needs at least 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for 30-50 years, as it promises to be one of the modern-day legends from Napa.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate, 28th Aug 2015
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Hundred Acre Winery

Hundred Acre Winery

Flamboyant, visionary, genius, arrogant, volatile and contrarian – all adjectives used to describe Jayson Woodbridge, owner and winemaker of Hundred Acre Vineyard, who in his quest for making exceptional Napa Cabs has not been afraid of ruffling a few feathers along the way.   The 9 acre Kayli Morgan vineyard, situated at the base of Howell Mountain, is planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and has been the foundation of Hundred Acre’s wines since their debut in 2000. Woodbridge is fastidious in both vineyard and winery, with the wines harvested grape by grape rather than bunch by bunch before further hand sorting to eliminate anything that is not deemed perfect. Aged in new French oak or varying sizes, with the 500l puncheon being the preferred vessel for the long ageing regimes employed, typically 2.5 to 3 years.   These are cult wines on a par with the likes of Harlan and Screaming Eagle, so don’t come cheap but are superb.

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Napa

Napa

North Coast's Napa Valley is California's most famous viticultural area (AVA), claiming some of the most expensive agricultural land in the world and producing wines of ‘cult’ status.

Its 16,000 ha of vines lie over a strip (40 miles long-5 miles wide) of diverse soils (clay, gravely, volcanic), with its northernmost end on the side of Mountain Helena and its foot in San Francisco Bay. The valley is framed by two mountains ranges Vaca (to the north) and Mayacamas (to the south), yet the main climatic influence is the cool wind and fog that is sucked in from San Pablo Bay during the afternoon, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. 

The area enjoys a variety of unique microclimates, as temperatures can vary dramatically as much as 15 degrees, from the north to the south end of the valley. These differences have led to the creation of several sub-AVAs (14 in total) including:

Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley District, Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Los Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Spring Mountain District, Stags Leap District, Yountville, Wild Horse Valley and Oak Knoll District. The Calistoga AVA is still pending approval.

Both the “Napa Valley” designation and the sub-AVA name must appear on the wine label simultaneously, with the exception of wines from the Carneros AVA, which is shared between the Napa Valley and the Sonoma County.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed king of Napa grapes, occupying over 45% of the vineyard acreage, followed by (predominantly) Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cab. Franc and to a lesser extent Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto.

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Frog's Leap, Dominus, David Ramey, Viader, Stag's Leap Cellars, Paras Vineyards, Heitz.

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Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate100/100
The Wine Advocate100/100
Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between features beautiful red roses, Ceylon tea and sandalwood notions with tar, earth and charcuterie hints in the background plus accents of iron ore, pencil shavings and forest floor. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and firmly structured with fantastically ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness delivering a very long, vibrantly fruited finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 07/12/2018 Read more