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1996 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Syrah

  • 92 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 89 IWC
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SKU: 43069-1996-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Bright red-ruby. Reticent but perfumed nose reveals blueberry, black raspberry, mint, licorice, dark chocolate and spicy oak. Thick and lush in the mouth, with sweet flavors of blackberry, lead pencil and five-spice powder. Loads of material here but not as subtle as the estate cabernet and thus comes across as a bit heavy by comparison. Nicely dry, lingering finish features dusty, even tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 1996 Syrah Eisele Vineyard (350 cases) is a full-bodied, brawny wine revealing the tell-tale peppery, blackberry, and cassis scents that seem so easy to obtain with this varietal in California. It is rich and pure, with sweet tannin and plenty of power harnessed in a symmetrical, large-scaled effort that is not without considerable elegance for its mass and volume. This wine can be drunk now, but should be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 15 or more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Wonderful depth, richness, texture and complexity to this, with tiers of leathery currant, earth, anise, sage and the hallmark mineral aftertaste. 350 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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  • 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

    • 147 bottles owned
    • 44 collectors