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History

Hundred Acre is located in the St Helena AVA. Owner Jayson Woodbridge is originally from San Francisco. Originally focusing on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, he has branched out and now vinifies other varietals as well.

Phillipe Melka is Hundred Acre’s winemaker. He also works for Vineyard 29, Quintessa, and Bryant Family. Melka produces the Acre Kayli Morgan Single Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Way Shiraz and a label called Gold.

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Winemaking

Gold is a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and a small amount of Gewurztraminer. It was not oaked nor did it undergo malolactic fermentation. The bottle contains small flakes of gold.

The 2004 Ancient Way Shiraz is a cult wine that is made from old vines in Australia’s Barossa Valley. This vineyard yielded an incredibly low .8 tons per acre. 600 cases of this wine were produced.

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Inside information

"One of California’s (perhaps the world’s) most flamboyant, talented, contrarian wine producers is Napa Valley’s Jayson Woodbridge, the owner of Hundred Acre winery. Woodbridge has been running in high gear since his debut 2000. His 100% Cabernet Sauvignons are made primarily by him, with some consulting advice from Philippe Melka. His first effort was from his home vineyard, Kayli Morgan, which is situated east of St. Helena. That offering was followed by a Cabernet from the 15 acre Ark Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Woodbridge recently purchased a tiny, well-situated hillside parcel above the Eisele Vineyard, southeast of Calistoga. His special projects include the Cabernet Sauvignon Precious (in issue #174 I mistakenly called it “Previous”), a wine harvested grape by grape rather than bunch by bunch, and his Cabernet Sauvignon Deep Time, which sees extended oak aging (36-42 months). All things considered, this is an extraordinary group of wines. They are not easy to secure unless you are on Hundred Acre’s mailing list, but they are truly profound offerings that showcase a variety of Napa Valley terroirs as well as different harvesting and barrel aging techniques. The newest enterprise is the Dark Matter Zinfandel, a Zinfandel that is pushed to the limits of ripeness from the high elevations of Howell Mountain. The most common characteristic among all of the Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignons is their incredibly opulent, creamy textures. That character vindicates Woodbridge’s harvesting decisions as he seems to achieve extraordinarily sweet, noble tannins in all of his wines. There are approximately 250 cases of Jayson Woodbridge’s special projects, including the Precious and Deep Time cuvees."


-Wine Adocate, Robert Parker

 

 

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5 different wines with 42 vintages

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  • Jayson Woodbridge

    Vintner
    From meticulous harvesting berry by berry rather than grape bunch by grape bunch, to an obsessive/compulsive barrel regime as well as winemaking, Hundred Acre is the Napa outpost of visionary and a genius.
  • Antonio Galloni

    Jayson Woodbridge is one of the most focused and determined people I have ever met in the Napa Valley, or anywhere, for that matter… Woodbridge knows exactly what he wants to achieve and won’t let anyone get in the way…The Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignons remain some of the most distinctive wines being made in Napa Valley today.

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 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Hundred Acre . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Screaming Eagle 2010 / (75% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot and 9% cabernet franc; the harvest here ended on October 13, about two weeks later than usual): Brilliant ruby-red. Urgent aromas of crushed boysenberry, wild herbs, licorice and spearmint are complemented by sexy oak tones. Densely packed and electric, with great energy to the highly concentrated, pliant flavors of black fruits, cocoa powder and flowers. Still quite youthfully backward, but the inexorable slowly mounting finish and big but noble tannins suggest a long and glorious evolution in bottle. Owing to the small clusters, thick skins and concentration of tannins, this wine got a longer elevage than usual, with the bottling done at the end of November 2012.

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Hundred Acre . In a tasting of  28 wines 

The Parker 100-point California tasting with 29 wines.


 

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