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2003 Hundred Acre - Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 15.9%
  • 98 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 94515-2003-1500-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The sensational 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard (100% varietal) is a candidate for wine of the vintage. Although it came in at 15.9% alcohol, it is not the least bit hot or out of balance. The wine boasts glorious levels of creme de cassis fruit and licorice that combine to form the background of a perfumed, aromatic wine with full-bodied richness, a voluptuous texture and both hedonistic and intellectual appeal that are sine qua non. This sensational Cabernet Sauvignon seems velvety, but every one of Woodbridge's wines that I have tasted is velvety from infancy. Yet they age and age as the 2000, a far from ideal vintage, has proven time after time. There is always a Pomerol-like silky texture to these wines, despite the fact they are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2003 is a titanic wine that can be drunk now or in 20 years given the genius of Jayson Woodbridge.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (15.9% alcohol): Healthy dark red-ruby. Rich, ripe, deep aromas of roasted red berries, mocha, truffle and caramel. Plush, smooth and very ripe, showing lovely pliancy and depth to its dark raspberry and truffle flavors. Turns a bit medicinal on the back end, finishing with serious, slightly rough tannins and a lingering medicinal quality. I find this in an awkward stage. For his part, Jayson Woodbridge suggests giving this wine another ten years in the cellar. (A second bottle was truffley and slightly high-toned on the nose, then more backward in the mid-palate and more tannic on the aftertaste.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Bold, ripe and expressive, with tiers of currant, blackberry, espresso and toasty oak that are exceptionally well done in this style. Superripe, verging on Porty. Some will find the flavors too ripe and that the heat on the finish pushes the tannins. 1,100 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Enjoyed at our wine tasting. Nose full of super ripe blackberries, plums, and definite caramel. Beautifully body that was silky smooth and multiple layers of toasty vanillan, black fruits, those small Brach's square caramels, and beautiful sweet tannins. The finish lasted in the mouth for a full minute and a half. This was hands down the winner of the evening. A stunning wine.
    Author: TMac
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Huge. Dark purple color with a nose of graphite and cassis. Palate staining ripe fruit and tannins are surprisingly balanced given the level of alcohol, this drinks nicely after two hours of air. I expect it will continue to improve.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: Conrad K
In 1998 Jayson Woodbridge released his first vintage, one Cabernet, made from his own 10-acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard. The goal was to create a "Right Bank" style Cabernet from those clay soils. With the second vintage, he earned scores in the mid-90s and sold the wine for double the previous vintage. In addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard, Woodbridge produces a Howell Mountain Cabernet from The Ark Vineyard and a single-vineyard Shiraz from his Ancient Way Vineyard in Barossa Valley.

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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1526 bottles owned
  • 235 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 235 collectors)