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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Score: 94
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/23/2014
Score: 98
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/25/2011
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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

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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