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1994 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 19 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 43066-1994

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Loads of milk chocolate and berry character on the nose. Lots of plums. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. Beauty now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    The Araujos bought the property in 1990. Not quite as dark as the Phelps 1982. More restrained than the Phelps and with much more sophisticated texture. Light and lively. Not spitting that! Very beautiful.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the renowned Eisele Vineyard, which has a long history of producing stunning wines (the Ridge 1971 Eisele Vineyard, the Conn Creek 1974, the Phelps 1976 Insignia, and the 1975 and 1978 Eisele Vineyard Cabernets). At present, the Araujos limit production of their estate Cabernet Sauvignon to approximately 2,500 cases. It is a wine that combines the extraordinary power and richness of this hot area of Napa, with stunning purity and delineation. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is just beginning to emerge from a period of post-bottling dormancy. Like its siblings, it exhibits an impressively saturated dark purple color. This wine is intent on revealing its charms at a relatively early age given its knock-out aromatics. Although slightly less powerful than the 1993 and marginally less concentrated than the 1995, the 1994 is still a profoundly rich, silky-textured wine with an uncanny balance between its smooth tannin and layers of cassis and blackberry/mineral-tinged fruit. This wine is particularly impressive if it is first decanted for 45 or so minutes. It will age well for 15-20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 92

    (13.5% alcohol): Healthy dark red. Redcurrant, raspberry, tobacco, game and leather aromas are complicated by mineral and herb nuances. The palate offers sweet, plush flavors of bitter cherry, currant and exotic flowers. This wine strikes me as very different from the more recent vintages made here: less weighty and more precise. This is fully mature and going nowhere, but the finish is tangy, spicy and alive. Made by Tony Soter. - Stephen Tanzer
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Delicious, mature cab. Tannins well integrated but noticeable grip on the finish. Wonderful dark fruit framed by notes of olive tapenade, sauce sauce and bacon fat. Slight smokiness. Good complexity with an elegant finish that lingers on the palate. A special bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2014
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 98

    One of the best Cab's I have had. Balance and potent but still soft fruit. Would have lasted forever - I shall miss it . . . . .
    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Only two 6 liter bottles of this incredible vintage exist, and I opened this one, which I originally bought at Rusty Staub's auction several years ago in New York, on the occasion of my birthday. Fortunately, I had a few friends join me in tasting it. We decanted half of the wine and let it breathe for over two hours before savoring it. Still fruity and elegant, with a long, velvety finish. It drank like a first growth Bordeaux. I was honored to have Bart and Daphne Araujo there to share it with us. Bravo!
    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating:

    This magnum was magnificent. A full, big, dark wine. What a joy! Everyone loved it!
    Author: fred2288
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Translucent medium garnet turning just slightly clear at the rim. Thick just barely colored legs. A velvety, frankly gorgeous textured wine with a very attractive bouquet of warmed earth and stone, cherries, and milk with hints of bakers chocolate and dried herbs. Tannins still make their presence felt although they are completely integrated and smooth as silk. Excellent acidity levels. Impressive length. A blend of 93% Cabernet, 4% Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot that was aged for 22 months in French oak (75% new) before being put into glass.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2014
    Author: Daniel B
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1047 bottles owned
  • 244 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 244 collectors)