2007 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 1.5L

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2007 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 95(+?)

($275) Good full ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of deep black raspberry, licorice and violet; quite expressive considering it was bottled about a month prior to my visit. Then dense, deep and very primary, with powerful yet suave flavors of blackberry, smoke, licorice, minerals, chocolate and earth spreading out to saturate the palate. An infant today but the wine's superb persistence and finishing perfume suggest it will rank among the best vintages of this bottling. If there is ever a classification of Napa Valley cabernet vineyards, the Eisele Vineyard would clearly be a grand cru.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Advocate | 90-92

Perhaps the biggest shock here was the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard. My first notes were, "A change of style?" This wine looked sensational last year, but while lacking the power, concentration, substance, and depth of the greatest vintages, the wine came across as restrained and low key. I rarely see such dramatic shifts as noticed with the 2007 Eisele Vineyard. We will see - wines do go through unusual states, and this has been a remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the great heritage sites of Napa Valley for nearly 40 years, so one has to give it the benefit of the doubt, but I am calling it the way I tasted it.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Score: 97
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/16/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2025
Score:
Author: fred2288
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/17/2012
Drink Dates:
Magnificent!
Score: 93
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/27/2011
Site Blog: mac_h
Score: 90
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/04/2011
I think WS was a little hard on this wine. Firm with some green flavors that are a pleasant alternative to the big fruit of most of the '07 Napa cabs. The finish was a little thin, though, and it doesn't merit the high price.
More Vintages and Sizes of Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard:

2011 (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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