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1999 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 43066-1999-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Good medium ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines black raspberry, coffee, mocha, leather and smoky oak. Lush, dense and sexy, with terrific depth of black raspberry, smoke, game and leather flavors sweetened by the 85% new oak. Still quite tightly coiled, in the style of the best '99s, with firm acids and superb persistence. May ultimately merit an even higher rating. The berries were small due to rain during flowering, said Araujo, with the result that the yield in '99 was much lower than that of '97.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Rich, earthy, decadent aromas are intense and enormously concentrated, with sharply focused, currant, pencil lead, mineral, sage and dusty berry flavors that offer uncommon depth and concentration. Finishes with an amazingly long and detailed aftertaste. Should be a 20-year wine, with ease. 1,745 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (a 1,750-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot) boasts explosive aromas of incense, creme de cassis, minerals, and flowers. It is medium to full-bodied, with great harmony, and a sweet attack as well as finish. This is a classic example of power and richness allied to considerable elegance. Those in the foreign press who accuse California of being incapable of producing elegant wines have obviously never tasted this Cabernet.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Michael C453
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Admittedly, I prefer younger wines. But I have had many older wines that held up better than this. This wine has faded and is on the downside. Still very good but a shadow if it's former self.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Araujo really came through and saved its reputation as an authentic California Cult in 1999. After a relatively poor '97, the '99 breaks through and is closer in quality to the Araujo wines of the early and mid nineties. Black opaque colored wine with thick legs. An immature nose of toasty oak, black cherry, and plum with slight leather and spice. Classic cabernet flavors are coupled with substantial yet supple tannins. The wine has a very long finish with persistent flavors of spice and oak. The oak is already well integrated but time will only improve the melding of flavors.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2017
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Great wine, needed 1/2 hour -45 minutes decanting. Full of dark chocalate and pencil.
    Author: Jim W NYC
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 14.1% alc
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 96

    The irresistible sexpot of the Cabernet tasting was precocious from the get go, exposing its ripe underbelly of black currant, blackberry, spice box, mocha and flint flavors in spectacular fashion. The ripest of the bunch was juicy, supple and full of richly layered dark fruit in the palate that were buttressed by a wondrously plush texture, pumping out the flavors effortlessly to a lengthy conclusion. At the top of its game last night and should drink well for another ten years easily
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating:

    Wasn't all there. We were a little disappointed
    Author: fred2288
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

  • 1400 bottles owned
  • 325 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 325 collectors)