hundred acre, the ark vineyard, napa valley 2007
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A perfect wine, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard (1,300 - 1,400 cases) from Howell Mountain is one of the great efforts from this high elevation terroir. It offers notes of burning embers, black raspberries, blueberries and flowers, a full-bodied opulence, wonderful intensity, but the wine is not weighty or overripe. Fleshy and voluptuous with terrific floral notes.
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t get any more sexy and opulent than the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in new French oak. A massive, opulent wine by any measure, it reveals a deep purple color as well as an insane bouquet of blueberries, cassis, white truffle, forest floor, and Asian spices. These all carry to a perfectly balanced wine that has the extroverted character of the 2007 vintage yet stays perfectly balanced, has a pure, layered, multi-dimensional texture, sweet tannins, and a finish that just won’t quit. This Napa Valley masterpiece is drinking brilliant now at age 12 and will unquestionably keep for another two decades or more.