2001 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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2001 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($185; contains 4% cabernet franc) Ruby-red. Warm and inviting aromas of plum, mocha, tobacco, smoke and spices. Rich, silky and suave, with mellow, claret-like flavors of currant, plum, tobacco and mocha. Pure, layered and stylish wine, finishing with substantial but lush tannins and subtle persistence. One can see the hand of consulting enologist Michel Rolland in this wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 97

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard was produced from the largest crop of this glorious trilogy (1,700 cases from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc). Its saturated purple color leads to a restrained but impressive nose of cassis, toast, earth, and a hint of cedar. Full-bodied and multi-layered, with impeccable balance and a noteworthy juxtaposition of power and elegance, it is starting to close down ever so slightly and seems more masculine when compared to the 2002 and 2003.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 95

Intense aromas of blackberries and dark chocolate, with hints of minerals. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. This needs time. Beauty.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Score: 92
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/13/2011
Way over-rated. Good, complex, and not a fruit bomb but please, not a 99! Too tart, and brief with fading fruit. No way this will last 25 yrs more.
Score: 96
Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/17/2009
Classic Eisele Vineyard wine. Ageless. Unique fruit with coffee, tobacco, leather nuances. Very sophisticated and special. Takes a while to open up - suggest decanting.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 97
Author: Kiki
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/21/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
kelly@kellyflemingwines.com being a neighbor to this wonderful estate makes it even more of a pleasure to have this outstanding wine. great balance and with characteristic cassis and blackberry aromas. excellent and long finish and great mouth feel.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 97
Author: sikora398
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/28/2009
Phenomenal! A show stopper of a wine with earthy notes as well as a metallic twinge on the mid palate. 20 second finish leaves you waiting for the next sip. A great effort, from an excellent vintage.
More Vintages and Sizes of Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard:

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2006 (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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