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1997 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 92 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 43066-1997

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Balanced, though short on depth, offering an appealing mix of dried currant, berry, cedar and anise, though it dries out and has a nutty edge on the finish.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 2,710 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Full ruby-red. Expressive nose combines black raspberry, currant, black cherry, chocolate, tobacco and sandalwood. Lush and sweet but fresh, with a firm edge of acidity giving shape to the flavors. Big and mouthfilling but not at all heavy. The tannins are suave and fine. A bit dominated by the oak today. This wine is virtually always in an awkward stage about six months after the bottling, says Bart Araujo, although I recall that the '96 was atypically showy a year ago.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, is a beauty. The healthy ruby/purple color is followed by classic, unevolved but promising aromas of minerals, cedar, smoke, and black currants. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with admirable purity, a sweet, lush mid-palate, and ripe tannin in the finish. The top-notch 1997 is a classic, restrained.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Andya
  • Self | Rating: 93

    dark ruby, plenty of fruit even a bit youthful, moderate tannin structure and finish. Elegant wine, made for food.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating:

    Decanted 4 hours. Ruby red color, with a sauvage, meaty nose. Soft, but rich body. Plum, cassis, red fruits on palate. Long aftertaste. Glad I decanted; wonder if I opened too soon. If had to give points--93-94.
    Author: Monticello1743
  • Self | Rating: 92

    excellent napa cab rich ,dirt, mod tannins was great until we opened the Lokoya
    Author: Michael C453
  • Self | Rating:

    Great wine but not what I was expecting. Has lost a bit.
    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating:

    i had the pleasure of drinking this wine with several industry icons including this gracious proprietor of this wine. bar none it is the best domestic cabernet i have ever had and should be the standard bearer for what cabernet should be in america. true to the land and with a sense of place this cabernet may be what saves Napa Valley from itself from the spat of highly rated undrinkable fruit bombs that are made gratitiously to stand out in a tasting of 100 wines at a time by a boob such as laube. again, a tour de force, clearly a 100 point wine
    Author: Kiki
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Inky purple with dark berry and casis on the nose and palate. Medium bodied and soft on the mid palate with slightly tannic finish. Needs 1 1/2 hours of air. This wine has plenty of life left.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Medoc like red wine. Opened for two hours, the decanted. Still has plenty of life in it. Beautiful color, long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2024
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Nice plum color. Nose of blueberry, chocolate and plum with still a whiff of ethanol. Soft and full bodies, really widening in the mouth. Hints of spices. Very astringent and acidic finish. Hints of oak, and a little off balance. Pure napa cab in it's hedonistic fruit upfront but the finish was short and thin.
    Author: stujakub
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 13.8% alc
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Starting to fade at this point. The tannins remain fresh, but the length is diminishing. Good notes of mushrooms and balanced midpalate, but somewhat disappointing.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 89

    The '97 Eisele has always been a relative disappointment in the context of the vintage. Dark red color with lots of thin clear legs. Surprisingly forward and accessible ? this is definitely not a closed '97. Lacks the concentration and depth of fruit one expects from a '97. Open nose of toast, cherry, slight smoke, and some minerals. Easy flavors of slightly acidic toast, black cherry, mint, and menthol. Reasonably plush and drinking well now ? there just isn'tenough there.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2008
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Tobacco and lead pencil on the nose. Very balanced and drinking well now, although not flamboyant (however, Kathleen was quite impressed with it). Seems like it is about in the middle of its drinking window.
    Author: Howard J
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1593 bottles owned
  • 360 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 360 collectors)