2008 Hundred Acre "Kayli Morgan" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More European in style than some of its siblings, the 2008 exhibits good acidity, more noticeable tannin (but it is extremely young), and plenty of crushed rock, espresso roast and licorice characteristics intermixed with a volcanic minerality. Full-bodied, ripe and opulent, with a closed, formidable personality, it should be at its apogee between 2018 and 2035. 96+ (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red-ruby. Dark cherry, currant, mocha and minerals on the nose. Lush on entry, then creamy and deep in the middle but with a light touch; at once less open-knit and more vibrant than the Ark. Very shapely wine with a lot of material in reserve. The whiplash of a finish features mouthcoating, rather powerful tannins and terrific lift and length. Superb, and likely to be very long-lived.
Defines the modern, cult Napa Cabernet style, albeit at a hefty price. Soft and rich in 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. With high alcohol, it doesn’t seem like a longterm ager, so drink over the next six years.
A rich, supple, graceful style, with gentle layers of wild berry, plum, black licorice, crème de cassis and vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and great length. Drink now through 2022. 840 cases made. –JL