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2001 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 97 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 43066-2001-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($185; contains 4% cabernet franc) Ruby-red. Warm and inviting aromas of plum, mocha, tobacco, smoke and spices. Rich, silky and suave, with mellow, claret-like flavors of currant, plum, tobacco and mocha. Pure, layered and stylish wine, finishing with substantial but lush tannins and subtle persistence. One can see the hand of consulting enologist Michel Rolland in this wine.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Intense aromas of blackberries and dark chocolate, with hints of minerals. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. This needs time. Beauty.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard was produced from the largest crop of this glorious trilogy (1,700 cases from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc). Its saturated purple color leads to a restrained but impressive nose of cassis, toast, earth, and a hint of cedar. Full-bodied and multi-layered, with impeccable balance and a noteworthy juxtaposition of power and elegance, it is starting to close down ever so slightly and seems more masculine when compared to the 2002 and 2003.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: saint
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    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 98

    A wine to be drinking when they come to take you away. Still remarkably young and full of both power and grace. Toast, prune, crushed rock, blackberry, casis, and some very delicate spring flower notes. Deep purple, well delinieated. Superb.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 97

    being a neighbor to this wonderful estate makes it even more of a pleasure to have this outstanding wine. great balance and with characteristic cassis and blackberry aromas. excellent and long finish and great mouth feel.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Kiki
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Classic Eisele Vineyard wine. Ageless. Unique fruit with coffee, tobacco, leather nuances. Very sophisticated and special. Takes a while to open up - suggest decanting.
    Author: swimmer
  • Self | Rating: 98

    I'm not happy about the egregious price increase (up $35 a bottle compared to the 2000) but the quality of this wine is exceptional and likely is the best Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon yet fashioned (at a minimum the best since 1996). Deeply colored with lots of thin moderately pigmented legs. Complex ever changing aromas of milk, baker?s chocolate, ripe almost syrupy cherries, milk chocolate brownies, blackberry, a touch of blueberry, and just a hint of minerals. Thick and fairly heavy tannins but they are so smooth and velvety one barely notices them. Intense flavors coat the palate and last for over a minute. Surprisingly good acidity despite the wine?s incredibly deep fruit. A wine so good that you don'twant to share. Powerful yet ethereal ? what every wine strives for but so few achieve. Very forward. After receiving a cold soak and extended maceration, the wine was raised in 100% new French oak for 22 months. 96% Cabernet and 4% Franc.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2017+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Phenomenal! A show stopper of a wine with earthy notes as well as a metallic twinge on the mid palate. 20 second finish leaves you waiting for the next sip. A great effort, from an excellent vintage.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Way over-rated. Good, complex, and not a fruit bomb but please, not a 99! Too tart, and brief with fading fruit. No way this will last 25 yrs more.
    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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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.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3866 bottles owned
  • 334 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 334 collectors)