2000 Araujo - Altagracia (Syrah) 750ml

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2000 Araujo - Altagracia (Syrah)
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Score: 89
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/02/2013
More Bordeaux-like than Napa when first opened, dark fruit, pencil lead, earth, and some oak. More fruit showed, interestingly, on the second day, when it actually had some layered complexity. Not the best showing for Araujo's second wine, but good. 88-90.
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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Score: 89
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/24/2010
Drink Dates: 2003-2015
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Author: Gregg F
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/10/2009
Outstanding showing. The 375 is doing its thing early and drinking very well with a foward but balanced jam berry that mellows through the palate. Wonderful finish.

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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