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2001 Araujo - Altagracia 750ml
2001 Araujo - Altagracia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2001 Araujo - Altagracia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
89

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 114

($75; a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot and 8% petit verdot) Good dark red. Cool but complex nose melds cherry, currant, cedar and lead pencil. Sweet on entry, then lively in the middle palate, with cool flavors of maraschino cherry, redcurrant, loam and mint. Higher-pitched and less pliant than the Eisele Vineyard cabernet, without the lush texture and ripeness of that wine. The tannins are less fine, but this second wine shows very good persistence.

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90

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 150

There are 600 cases of the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Altagracia, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. This seductive effort reveals more fruit, charm, and lushness than the structured, more narrow 2000. It should prove to be a crowd-pleaser if consumed over the next 7-8 years. The selection for this offering is not made in the vineyard, but rather in May, immediately before bottling.

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Community Reviews

51

Deep52 Tasted On: 03/15/2012

90

tiberite Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 09/04/2010 Site Blog: mac_h

90

Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 06/24/2010

90

swimmer Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 02/27/2010

a balanced ager with good acid. Fruit slightly fading

92

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/01/2004 Drink Dates: 2004-2011

Araujo?s second wine, Altagracia. has been produced since the 1999 vintage (i.e. since Michel Rolland was brought on board as a consultant). The 2001 is by far the best Altagracia yet produced and I don'tthink the Araujos would like people to taste the 2000 Estate versus the 2001 Altagracia head to head. The Altagracia was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and then aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Medium black cherry red colored wine with a few thick, very slightly pigmented legs. A full and very forward nose of ripe cherry fruit, Oreo cookies, cocoa, slight vanilla, sweet plum, and light caramel. Smooth ripe tannins allayed with slightly excessive acidity. Plenty of flavor but the wine remains crisp, suave, and quite beguiling. Easy to drink a lot of this without even realizing it. The wine finishes quite long with plenty of fruit laced with supple oak. 80% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. Can'twait for the Estate. Drinks all too easily now but will last and improve over the next seven years.

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