2010 Araujo - Altagracia 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2010 Araujo - Altagracia
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International Wine Cellar | 92

(a five-variety Bordeaux blend based on 81% cabernet sauvignon): Good dark red. Expressive aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, tobacco, hot stones, brown sugar and cedary oak. Sweet and fine-grained in the mouth, with sexy chocolate and mocha notes adding appeal. Spreads out generously on the ripely tannic aftertaste. A very impressive vintage for this bottling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Score: 92
Author: jab
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/29/2014
Drink Dates: 2015-2016
Score: 91
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/23/2013
Rich fruit, nice nose, but a hint of an odd medicinal note. Good to very good, but at $105 a bottle, doesn't seem to stand out in a crowded field. I have 2 bottles left and would like to see how it develops in a year or two. Not sure if I would buy again; will skip the 2011 and reconsider with the 2012.

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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