2004 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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2004 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 94

(includes about 3% each cabernet franc and petit verdot) Saturated ruby-red. Highly nuanced, Graves-like aromas of black plum, raspberry, warm stones, tobacco, minerals and nutty oak. Sweet, suave and wonderfully fine-grained wine with a fleshiness given shape by harmonious acidity. A step up in intensity from the '03 bottling, with the petit verdot component adding aromatic character and structure. Finishes with lingering sweet notes of cherry and currant.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 94

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard shows surprisingly more tannin than the 2005. Perhaps it is at the stage where it has been in the bottle for about a year and is beginning to shut down ever so slightly. A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color and some sweet and spicy notes intermixed with white chocolate, black currant, crushed rock, and some underbrush and floral scents. It is medium to full-bodied, firmly structured, and reminiscent of a top first- or second-growth Bordeaux because of the tannin structure and austerity. It is an interesting, almost atypical wine for this vintage in Napa, but the Eisele Vineyard is a world unto its own, so I am not actually surprised. Remarkably, the 2005, which usually comes across as a more Bordeaux-styled vintage, is actually softer than this 2004, at least for now. 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.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/23/2014
Score: 98
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/25/2011
Drink Dates:
Score: 94
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/16/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Deep almost black in color, beautiful nose of berries, cassis and leather, thick almost port like with soft well integrated tannins and a long finish, almost one minute.
Score: 95
Author: juglum
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/03/2009
Score: 95
Author: Derald L
Trust Rating: 69
Tasted On: 06/11/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard:

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)
1996 (750ml)
1995 (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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