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Fortunate Son

Made be the fortunate sons William Kimble, Jayson Woodbridge and Chris Radomski, this wine is a “Lagniappe, it all begins with food and food begins with wine. The wine cannot move to the food, but the food can move to the wine.” On its suede-like dark chocolate wine label reside the words that describe their kind of food that moves to the wine. “Porterhouse steak, Fois Gras, roast beef, The Trinity…celery, onions and bell peppers, mashed potatoes and gravy, roast chicken, heritage breed pork ribs and cracklin, yeah baby!!” And so we have it, a new wine label is born with incredible pedigree and winemaking talent and yet, should be enjoyed with your everyday food of choice.

 

Super-ripe dark cherries, flowers, mint and spices are some of the nuances that flow from the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortunate Son. The 2009 impresses for its silky tannins and long, generous finish. This is a slightly more refined style, very much in keeping with the spirit of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. (Not yet released)Proprietor Jayson Woodbridge makes some of the most unique, deeply personal wines in Napa Valley. Very late harvests and minimal intervention in the cellar, including no rackings until bottling, are just some of the choices that inform these wines. Woodbridge’s vineyards are in St. Helena (Kayli Morgan), the lower part of Howell Mountain (Ark) and Calistoga (Few and Far Between). Woodbridge is less reliant on outside consultants than many of his colleagues, so the wines bear very specific signatures that are unlike those of other wines being made in the Valley. The late harvests give the wines super-ripe fruit that can at times veer towards sweetness, but it is the extreme silkiness and finesse of the tannins that differentiates these wines. Woodbridge believes wines must be ready to go upon release and frowns upon decanting or advance aeration, which he doesn’t think should be necessary. As outstanding as these wines can be upon release, the reality is that the wines have also proven to age exceptionally well. I tasted a huge number of wines with Woodbridge and his team, but it was two wines with some bottle age (the 2000 and 2006 Kayli Morgan) that made the deepest impression. I hope Hundred Acre fans can find the discipline to put away a few bottles. The transformation of these wines in bottle is remarkable. These no-holds-barred Cabernets aren’t for everyone, but they are compelling and highly individualistic, just like Woodbridge himself.