2006 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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2006 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 95

($265; 88.5% cabernet sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot and 1.5% merlot) Full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry, mocha, coffee and nutty oak, plus strong soil tones of spice, tobacco and iron. Wonderfully ripe and full but with a sappy menthol lift to the flavors of currant, minerals, mocha, tobacco and game. There's something Graves-like to this compellingly sweet wine. Compared to the Altagracia, the estate's flagship bottling has more of everything, including class. A worthy successor to the superlative 2005.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 92-93

The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is more tannic, backward, and austere than either the 2005 or 2007. Although more monolithic than its siblings, it displays the Eisele character in its blue and black fruit, crushed rock, and flowery personality. It should be forgotten for 2-3 years, then enjoyed over the following two decades.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 91

Smooth, ripe and fleshy, this full-bodied red shows supple black cherry, plum and wild berry framed by a layer of toasty, mocha-laced oak. Elegant, stylish and understated, this gains complexity and depth on the finish, with hints of mineral and graphite. 1,600 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2016
Author: James Laube


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Score: 95
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/20/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2025
Score: 91
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/14/2013
Score: 92
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/13/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2012
Good to very good. Very smooth with flavors of berry and licorice. A nice big wine, but not as overpowering as some other cabs in its class. I think it's ready to drink now.
More Vintages and Sizes of Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard:

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2007 (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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