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2002 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 43066-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (14.6% alcohol; includes 2.6% cabernet franc and 1.6% petit verdot) Good saturated ruby-red. Superripe, complex, slightly roasted nose combines black raspberry, dark chocolate, smoked meat, maple syrup, toffee, tobacco and licorice. Dense and aromatic in the mouth, with compelling sweetness and suavity of texture. Wonderfully opulent and seamless red wine. This finishes with huge but utterly fine tannins and lush, lingering flavor.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Araujo's spectacular 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700-case blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from a vineyard tucked in the lower hillsides of northeastern Napa Valley, not far from the quaint town of Calistoga. Araujo has enjoyed an incredible string of top-notch vintages from 2001 through 2005 and again from 2008 through 2010. Extremely youthful at age ten, the 2002 is a candidate for perfection. Its dense blue/purple hue is followed by abundant aromas of cassis, incense, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Full-bodied and opulent as well as pure, rich and authoritative, with abundant but beautifully integrated tannins, this opulent, plush 2002 can be drunk now or cellared for another 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Firm, rich and concentrated, with ample tannins wrapped around a core of earth, currant and black cherry fruit. With excellent balance and depth, it serves up lots of rich, complex flavors without being heavy, offering a floral, perfumed currant edge. 1,630 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: juglum
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Deeply colored with thick, slow moving, and lightly pigmented legs. Powerful but deft scents of milk chocolate, game, white flowers, cherry flamb?, and minerals. Great acidity with very smooth and velvety tannin. Incredible length ? the wine starts to disappear only to suddenly regenerate with loads of flavor but no weight. So good that I believe the wine is worth its (yet again) increased tariff. Interestingly Araujo is not only farming organically but has begun Bordeaux Varietals 1 to experiment with biodynamic techniques as well. Fruit is de-stemmed and undergoes a pre-fermentation maceration. The juice is fermented Pinot Noir 10 using indigineous yeast and aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2022+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 97

    great cabernet of nice vintage. very bordeaux like, with wonderful sense of place and terroir. just great vineyard and propritors vision is fully intertwined
    Author: Kiki
  • Self | Rating: 92

    OK wine, but not aging well. Kinda like a third growth with nice nose but not enough weight and finish.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Spectacular long finish, black raspberry and chocolate on the palate with a deep smokiness. not tannic at all.
    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating: 100

    The most profound and singular wine I've had to date. I don't think I could mistake this for any other California Cabernet. Dark red brick color. The nose had complex aromas of a more mature wine, but the mouthfeel was youthful and vibrant. Extremely intense and mouthcoating flavors of spicy oak and licorice. Long finish
    Author: Front Man
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

  • 2197 bottles owned
  • 358 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 358 collectors)