Wines From My Cellar & Others
People often ask me what my favorite wine is. Truthfully I can’t answer the question because I do not have ONE favorite. I just like wine…reds, whites, old world, new world…I like to drink them all. However I will readily admit to being partial to Napa Valley Cabernets. I drink them all the time. I like the Cabernets that are big, full-bodied, fruit-forward with good texture and a long finish.
If I had to come up with a list of favorite wines, one that would be on it is a Napa Valley Cabernet called Hundred Acre from the Kayli Morgan Vineyard. This wine meets my Cabernet criteria in a big way. Since its first vintage in 2000, Hundred Acre has been an expensive, sought-after wine. I have been fortunate over the years to be able to acquire several bottles of Hundred Acre for my own wine cellar. One night not too long ago, I chose from my cellar, the 2002 Hundred Acre for my evening’s wine.
Looking back at the early ratings of this wine shows an interesting pattern. Wine Spectator rated the wine, at release, at 94 points. Stephen Tanzer of International Wine Cellar (who, by the way, has rated my wines), rated the ‘02 Hundred Acre at 95 points. Robert Parker, another top wine critic, rated the wine from a barrel tasting in December 2003 in a range of 94 to 96 points. Parker continued to taste the wine and rate it over the years. In February of 2005 rated the wine at 98 points. His comment on that 2005 rating: “this is a terrific example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.” In June of 2012 Parker again tasted the wine and this time he rated the wine at 100 points! Wow… I am lucky to have had this wine in my cellar. It was only after I had drank the bottle of wine and decided to check the wines ratings that I discovered the wines rating was elevated by Parker to 100 points.
I opened the bottle of wine and poured a little in the glass and let both the bottle and the glass sit for about 30 minutes before I tasted it. I found the wine to be simply an outstanding wine. Eleven years later it still had its dense purple color. It had a very intense aroma. It tasted of lots of fruit and chocolate. The mouth feel of this wine was absolutely fantastic. It had a great sort of velvety texture and certainly a long, full-bodied finish. It was certainly a pleasure to drink this wine and I would highly recommend that if you ever have the opportunity to taste Hundred Acre, that you take advantage of the opportunity. It is a wonderful wine.
I will warn you in advance that you will want to hold on to your wallet if you decide to shop for this wine. It has appreciated in value since its release. A quick check on the internet for this wine found pricing from $290.00 to $895.00 per bottle. Wine-Search had six merchants listed that had the wine available in that price range. K & L Wine Merchants had just closed an auction on one bottle of the 2002 Hundred Acre and the winning bid was $360.00.
As we have discussed in the past only you can determine the value of a taste or bottle of wine. I would love to hear of your experiences with this wine or other similar wines.