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2004 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml
2004 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

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94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

(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.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

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.

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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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Community Reviews

94

Johnnymd Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/23/2014

98

PLevensohn Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 07/25/2011 Drink Dates:

94

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.

95

juglum Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 10/03/2009

95

Derald L Trust Rating: 69 Tasted On: 06/11/2009

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