Jayson Woodbridge of Hundred Acre purchased his very first vineyard in 2000 which he had given the name “Kayli Morgan”. Since 2000, this vineyard has produced over SEVEN 100-point wines. Kayli Morgan is a ten-acre clay dome along the Silverado Trail between St. Helena and Calistoga, not far from the famous Eisele Vineyard that was purchased by the owners of Chateau Latour. The vineyard is almost on a completely flat clay surface that resembles much of what you see at Petrus in Pomerol. The clay helps soak up the moisture slowly and keeps the vines cooler during those hot Napa summers.
Jayson to this day, is the only single owner and winemaker in Napa Valley. He does not sell any of his fruit and he completely owns Kayli Morgan, ARK, and Few & Far Between. You will not be able to taste this special site from anyone else which makes this wine even more singular. For Kayli Morgan, he will start to pick the berries in September, and this will continue over the next several weeks as the vines continue to ripen. He will not take any berries that are not “perfect”. Only the best clusters belong in production, and you will taste that attention to detail in the wine.
Ripe style of Pomerol that almost gives you a sense of drinking a great Merlot from the Bordeaux region. However, this wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is what we think Jayson does best, make a wine that is so appealing on the nose and follows up with a liquid cashmere mouthfeel. When Hundred Acre touches your lips, you know you are drinking something special.
Below is a magnificent collection of various vintages and formats that are must buys in my opinion. Especially at this price point. Current releases are now $700 a bottle, so seeing these for less and at a closer drinking window is incredibly rare and definitely should take advantage.
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan 2005
“The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan is perfection! It was too easy to deliver the ultimate three-digit score. A sensational nose of pen ink, graphite, forest floor, crème de cassis, a hint of white chocolate, and cedar wood are all present in this majestic, multi-layered wine built like a skyscraper. The freshness is still a component part of this full-bodied, stunningly concentrated wine that is pure Napa purity, power and compelling intensity. This is a great wine, still youthful at age ten, and capable of at least another 20-25 years of evolution.” – Robert Parker, 100
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan 2007
“A profound wine from a superb Napa vintage for Bordeaux varietals, the 2007’s nose may cause one to overdose on blue, black and red berry fruit. The extraordinary intensity, purity and depth in this rich, flamboyant, exuberant wine are mindboggling. This bigger-than-life Cabernet Sauvignon appears set for 20-30 years of aging. It can be drunk now, but because of its sweet, velvety tannins, it will still be offering sensational drinking in 2040.” – Robert Parker, 100
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan 2013
“The perfect 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan spent 32 months in French oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. Like all of the Woodbridge wines, it can be noted for its inky/bluish purple color, extraordinary fragrance of white flowers, crème de cassis, blackberry and graphite. Totally opulent, I always thought the wine tasted more like the great Pomerols, which are made mostly from Merlot, versus Woodbridge’s 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. But this vineyard has a lot of clay in it that seems to provide a silkiness to the tannins. This is a beautifully balanced, full-throttle and highly extracted wine with no hard edges and a finish of a good 45-50 seconds. The fruit character is still vibrant and intense, despite the 32 months of oak age. Drink it over the next 30 years..” – Robert Parker, 100
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan 2015
“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard has a medium garnet-purple color and is a little closed to begin, giving up red and black currants, violets, lilacs and spice box plus chocolate-covered coffee beans, menthol, tilled soil and cardamom. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and built like a brick house, with loads of floral sparks and a very long, mineral-laced finish. Through the roof.” – Robert Parker, 100