A cool, persistent spring was the beginning of the weather problems that would plague the 2011 California harvest, pushing back bud break to make the grapes almost three weeks behind schedule. May and June had heavy rains, and the summer heat never really spiked. Pinot noir and chardonnay seemed happy with this weather, and many producers were able to pick elegant, low sugar grapes before the main vineyard event of 2011: October rain.
WHO: Hundred Acre WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon WHERE: California, Napa Valley DESIGNATION: Kayli Morgan Vineyard WHEN: 2005 SIZE: 1.5L RESERVE: $650 MINIMUM BID INCREMENT: $50 96-99 Points - Robert Park...
At the age of six this is still a baby. It will last well into its teens.
Dark cherries, cola, a touch of cranberries, and some mushrooms are on the palate, all with a background of spice, wood, and a teriyaki-like umami. Tannins are fine and sweet. It does not offer delicacy or flow with multiple layers of complexity, just gives you a whack of sweet fruit right in the face. Drink it with a grilled double-thick stuffed pork chop.
Gorgeous. Spicy on the nose with big heavy dark fruits and a hint of oak. The word for this wine is lush (although Parker has flayed that word into overuse). Maybe also rich. Finish lingers for minutes with layers of mocha and awesome... well, just lots of awesome. No wimpy food with this bad boy.