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2000 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 91 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 43066-2000

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($150; a blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Good medium red-ruby. Sappy black raspberry, redcurrant, flowers, tobacco and licorice on the nose, along with sexy, smoky oak notes of torrefaction. Dense and lush, with a restrained sweetness and hints of minerals and chocolate. Not a huge wine but boasts lovely intensity and vinosity. The first vintage of this wine to include some merlot - no doubt at least partly due to the influence of consulting enologist Michel Rolland.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Gorgeous blackberry and chocolate in this wine. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. A bit tough right now but will mellow and deliver wonderful fruit and tannins with bottle age.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700 case blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot. This vintage produced lighter wines, resulting in a Bordeaux-like example of this cuvee. After 22 months in oak, this textured, perfumed Cabernet offers up aromas of black currants, earth, and lilacs (reminiscent of Chateau Margaux). It possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as medium body, a good texture, a slight austerity, but brilliant purity and balance. A lighter-weight effort by Araujo's standards, it is extremely well-balanced and approachable. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2008-2014
    Author: Liebe
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 91

    A lot of spice on the nose and palate along with crisp acid and subtle fruit flavors. This is good, but I'm not sure yet if Araujo is worth the price they are charging now.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A wonderful wine of terrific sophistication, delineation, and character. Mature and near peak. Open for 2 hours, decanted. Blackberry, casis, chocolate, some floral notes, great structure. Powerful but light on the palate. About as good as it gets.
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Black fruits and dried cherry nose with a well balanced palate, that is dense and rich with ample fruit and a smooth finish. This will will continue to evolve over the next 5 years, or so.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: Charles M71
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Complex, full-bodied cab. Good length, low acidity. Could easily spend another 5-8 years in bottle. No sign of fading.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Dark ruby red to the rim, beautiful nose of big red berries, soft tannins with a long finish. A very nice wine drinking now with an hour or two of decanting.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2018
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating:

    excellent wine from alledged off year
    Author: Kiki
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Made of a blend of varietals sourced solely from the Eisele vineyard (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot), the estate Cabernet Sauvignon is Araujo?s flagship wine. Francoise Peschon brings up the wine with an assist from the nearly ubiquitous Michel Rolland. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months prior to bottling. Medium black cherry colored wine with tell tale Araujo aromas of Oreo cookies, graham crackers, acidic plum, mint, and spice. Slightly acidic on the palate with lots of dark fruits, wood, and more of the Araujo cookies and crackers. Moderate tannins and adequate length. A good wine but far from what one would expect from Araujo. Little difference between the Estate and the Altagracia in this vintage (although the Estate will last longer).
    Drink Dates: 2004-2011
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating:

    Magnificent wine
    Author: fred2288
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 14.1% alc
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Very nuanced with bordeaux nose but a bit thin and austere. Finish peters out pretty quickly.
    Author: Johnnymd
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

  • 1212 bottles owned
  • 269 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 269 collectors)