2004 Hundred Acre "Kayli Morgan" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The wild man of Napa Valley, Jayson Woodbridge, has turned out one of the superstars of 2004, with the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan. His wines always tend to be gorgeous young, offering up an impression that they’re not going to last. But his first vintage, 2000, seems to get better and better, even though it was spectacular when released. The 2004, which was harvested in September, shows an almost Pomerol-like sweet mocha, kirsch, black currant and deeply fruited mouthfeel. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the clay soils of his vineyard seem to give a sweetness of tannin and a voluptuous character to the texture. This wine oozes rich, concentrated fruit, is light on its feet and has gorgeous purity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a stunning finish. Silky black currant, kirsch, licorice, mocha and caramelized fruit make for a stunningly full-throttle, brilliant 2004 to enjoy over the next 15 or more years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red-ruby. Musky aromas of roasted plum and caramel show distinct hints of evolution. Plush, fine-grained and silky on the palate, with powerful redcurrant and raspberry fruit framed by slightly spiky acidity. Very sappy, savory and intense wine with lovely pliancy but a firm spine of acidity and fine-grained tannins. Hints of caramel and nutty oak throughout, along with energetic blueberry fruit. Would be great with a lamb shank. Finishes savory and very long, with smooth tannins. (ST)
A seductive style that's rich and creamy-textured, with mocha, black cherry and red berry flavors that are focused, supple, intense and focused, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2016. (JL)
Hundred Acre's Kayli Morgan Vineyard hails from St. Helena. A wine of individualistic style and distinction, this bottling debuted in 2000 and has become one of Napa's cult icons.