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2004 Araujo - Altagracia 750ml
2004 Araujo - Altagracia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2004 Araujo - Altagracia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
90

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

($95; 66% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot and 10% each cabernet franc and petit verdot; aged entirely in new oak) Good red-ruby. Aromas of raspberry, smoke, gravel and nutty oak. Smooth in the middle palate, with flavors of plum, mocha and tobacco and nicely integrated acidity. The building tannins are a bit hard-edged, but this second wine, from young vines and "less-good lots," offers attractive sweetness, good life and firm structure.

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WA
90

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

The second wine, which now is a cuvee of 800-1,200 or so cases, is called Altagracia, and the 2004 exhibits scorched earth, hints of charcoal, black currant, licorice, and some spicy oak with distinctive elegance and terroir character, medium body, and nice, long fruit in the finish. It is meant to be drunk earlier than the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but it shares some of the same characteristics. One of California's and the world's great wine estates, Araujo continues to exhibit remarkable consistency and impeccably high quality. Little seems to change other than some minor tweaking with respect to viticulture and winemaking. The team of Bart and Daphne Araujo, their talented longtime winemaker, Francoise Peschon, and the globe-trotting oenologist, Michel Rolland, are to be commended on the extraordinary elegance of these wines.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Firm, tight and well-structured, with a medley of floral, spice and dried currant and a touch of herb and cedary oak. Well-integrated, focused and concentrated, with a long, deep, persistent finish. Will reward cellaring.

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