1993 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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1993 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
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Wine Advocate | 96

As I reported last year, the 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a spectacular wine from a vintage that has consistently received unfavorable press (particularly from the Wine Spectator). It seems to me that if the 1993 vintage were taken out of the context of the historical succession of outstanding years in the nineties, and put in the eighties, qualitatively, 1993 would tower over the likes of 1987, 1985, or 1984. The Eisele Vineyard 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the half dozen or so candidates for wine of the vintage. I have tasted it three times out of bottle, once rating it as high as 98, but never less than 96. It is a mind-boggling Cabernet Sauvignon that is remarkably well-balanced for its size and intensity. The color is an opaque purple, and the nose offers up smoky, chocolatey, blackcurrant, licorice, and mineral scents. On the palate, the wine reveals fabulous density, concentration, sweetness of fruit as well as tannin, and a 30-40 second finish. Although there is a high percentage of new oak, this wine has completely soaked it up, a testament to its extract and concentration of fruit. While the wine displays a certain precociousness, unusual for a 1993, there is plenty of tannin lurking in the finish, but it is well-concealed by the wine's exceptional richness. This beauty is destined to age effortlessly for 20-25 years. The Eisele Vineyard has always produced concentrated Cabernet Sauvignons with blackcurrant/cassis personalities intermixed with a mineral component. What the Araujos have been able to achieve is to intensify the fruit character, as well as the wine's purity and definition. That, plus high quality French oak barrels and a natural approach to winemaking has resulted in a succession of extraordinary Cabernets that began in 1991, and shows no signs of abating.

Drink Dates: 1996-2021


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Wine Spectator | 90

Berry aromas with hints of fresh herbs follow through to a full-bodied palate, with round tannins and a fruity finish. Starting to fade a bit, but a lovely wine to drink.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2003
Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Aged for 22 months in 75% new French oak, this wine is just entering early maturity despite the wine?s color showing no degradation at all. One could easily mistake the color for a barrel sample. The wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. A just opening nose of black fruits, cocoa, and warm spice. Tannins are there but well integrated. Drinking well now but probably ? point in 2007. The 93 should easily last through 2015.
More Vintages and Sizes of Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard:

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)
1996 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


The mission statement reads, in part, "To produce organically grown fruit and with this fruit make a singular wine of the highest caliber and distinction." By all accounts, Bart and Daphne Araujo are succeeding magnificently. The flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon from their own Eisele Vineyards, is hailed by critics and desired by consumers in every vintage. Though first planted to Zinfandel and Riesling in the 1880s, the Eisele Vineyard has been the home of world class Cabernet since 1964. The low-yielding vines lie on property just east of Calistoga, where the vines are protected by the Palisades Mountains and cooled by the breeze from the Chalk Hill Gap. The harvested fruit is rich and concentrated, lending intense character to the finished wine. Under the direction of winemaker Francoise Peschon, Araujo produces four wines each year: the Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard; Altagracia, a second estate Cabernet; Syrah Eisele Vineyard; and Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard. In some vintages, a Viognier may also be produced.

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