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2003 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WA
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 70213-2003-750-3A

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$120.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($85) Good ruby-red. Plum, leather and tobacco on the nose, along with a whiff of band-aid. Sweet on entry, then fat and full in the middle, with liqueur-like flavors of black raspberry, smoke, mocha, game and truffle. Offers very good mouth coverage. Turned a bit dusty with aeration, but finishes with ripe tannins and very good length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Araujo's second wine, Altagracia, is almost too good to be true. There are 750 cases of the 2003 Altagracia, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It is much more fruit-forward than its bigger sibling, but definitely displays the Eisele Vineyard style in its deep purple color, sweet nose of flowers, crushed rocks, blueberries, creme de cassis, and earth, super-sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, and opulent personality. This gorgeous wine should drink well for 10-15 years, perhaps longer.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deep dark ruby red, beautiful nose of big flowers and berries, long finish with soft tannins. Very nice wine aging very well.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: David 429
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

  • 516 bottles owned
  • 97 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 97 collectors)