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2001 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Syrah

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 43069-2001-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($85) Dark ruby-red. Highly complex aromas of roasted black fruits, tar, meat, gunflint and violet. Sweet, fat and silky, with captivating, accessible flavors of dark berries, game, tar and earth. This offers impressive palate presence, and very good floral lift. Finishes with big, broad, sweet tannins and excellent length. A strong vintage for this bottling.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The compelling 2001 Syrah (200 cases) includes 4% Viognier in the blend, adding a touch of spunk and exuberance to the already impressive aromatics (blackberry liqueur, flowers, truffles, and a hint of bacon). Full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, this may be the finest Syrah the Araujo team has yet fashioned.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The compelling 2001 Syrah (200 cases) includes 4% Viognier in the blend, adding a touch of spunk and exuberance to the already impressive aromatics (blackberry liqueur, flowers, truffles, and a hint of bacon). Full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, this may be the finest Syrah the Araujo team has yet fashioned.
  • Self | Rating: 98

    A wow wine by any measure. Chimerical in nature ? at one time it reminds me of a an ultra ripe La Mouline while the next it presents like a top line Santa Barbara wine such as one of Sine Qua Non?s superb Syrahs. Opaque with light to moderately pigmented legs. Intensely sweet dark fruit aromas envelop dark toast, some minerals, caramel, chocolate, white flowers (honeysuckle), light vanilla, and blueberry pie. Tons of velvety fruit caress the palate. Admirably long with chocolate and oak nuances in the finish. Tannins and acidity are well integrated with the moderate tannins completely obscured by a wealth of fruit. Syrah (or any wine for that matter) does not get much better than this beauty. Five years in the cellar can only help but I would understand drinking this up right now. Intricate and hedonistic at the same time. After receiving a cold soak and extended maceration, the wine was raised in 50% new French oak for 18 months. 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Excellent. Opened up nicely after an hour. Plenty of life remaining.
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating:

    quite elegant
    Author: Peter
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Very fine example of syrah. Inky dark, with bold black currant flavors. Somewhat spicy, peppery finish, which has an almost zinfandel quality to it.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 96

    worth the wait, great bottle of syrah
    Author: tiberite
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

  • 234 bottles owned
  • 86 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 86 collectors)