2016 was a magical vintage, and Hundred Acre channeled that power into a wine that cries out for a number higher than 100. Sourced from a tiny site, formerly known as the Pickett Road Vineyard, located on the highly coveted upper slope above Eisele vineyard in Calistoga, this bottle shows savant-level skills from the soil up. A touch of Cabernet Franc and 32 months in new French oak reveal awesome complexity. Crème de cassis and kirsch swim in spicy sandalwood and flower petals in this massive, majestic, superlative wine.
Probably my favorite in the entire lineup, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between comes from a tiny site just outside of Calistoga formerly known as the Pickett Road Vineyard. Like the 2015, the 2016 includes a touch of Cabernet Franc and spent the usual 32 months in 100% new French oak. This full-bodied, majestic Napa Valley Cabernet reveals a dense purple hue, awesome crème de cassis and kirsch fruit, amazing complexity in its spicy, sandalwood, and floral aromatics, and a massive yet elegant, lengthy personality. The texture is through the roof, it’s as seamless and polished as they come, perfectly balanced, and while I’d happily drink bottles today, my money is on this evolving for 3-4 decades.