1994 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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1994 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
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Wine Advocate | 95

The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the renowned Eisele Vineyard, which has a long history of producing stunning wines (the Ridge 1971 Eisele Vineyard, the Conn Creek 1974, the Phelps 1976 Insignia, and the 1975 and 1978 Eisele Vineyard Cabernets). At present, the Araujos limit production of their estate Cabernet Sauvignon to approximately 2,500 cases. It is a wine that combines the extraordinary power and richness of this hot area of Napa, with stunning purity and delineation. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is just beginning to emerge from a period of post-bottling dormancy. Like its siblings, it exhibits an impressively saturated dark purple color. This wine is intent on revealing its charms at a relatively early age given its knock-out aromatics. Although slightly less powerful than the 1993 and marginally less concentrated than the 1995, the 1994 is still a profoundly rich, silky-textured wine with an uncanny balance between its smooth tannin and layers of cassis and blackberry/mineral-tinged fruit. This wine is particularly impressive if it is first decanted for 45 or so minutes. It will age well for 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 1997-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Wine Spectator | 94

Loads of milk chocolate and berry character on the nose. Lots of plums. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. Beauty now.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 94
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/22/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Delicious, mature cab. Tannins well integrated but noticeable grip on the finish. Wonderful dark fruit framed by notes of olive tapenade, sauce sauce and bacon fat. Slight smokiness. Good complexity with an elegant finish that lingers on the palate. A special bottle.
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Author: fred2288
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 06/18/2009
Drink Dates:
This magnum was magnificent. A full, big, dark wine. What a joy! Everyone loved it!
Score: 98
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/05/2008
Only two 6 liter bottles of this incredible vintage exist, and I opened this one, which I originally bought at Rusty Staub's auction several years ago in New York, on the occasion of my birthday. Fortunately, I had a few friends join me in tasting it. We decanted half of the wine and let it breathe for over two hours before savoring it. Still fruity and elegant, with a long, velvety finish. It drank like a first growth Bordeaux. I was honored to have Bart and Daphne Araujo there to share it with us. Bravo!
Score: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Translucent medium garnet turning just slightly clear at the rim. Thick just barely colored legs. A velvety, frankly gorgeous textured wine with a very attractive bouquet of warmed earth and stone, cherries, and milk with hints of bakers chocolate and dried herbs. Tannins still make their presence felt although they are completely integrated and smooth as silk. Excellent acidity levels. Impressive length. A blend of 93% Cabernet, 4% Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot that was aged for 22 months in French oak (75% new) before being put into glass.
Score: 98
Author: Gregg F
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/13/2005
One of the best Cab's I have had. Balance and potent but still soft fruit. Would have lasted forever - I shall miss it . . . . .
More Vintages and Sizes of Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard:

2011 (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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