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2005 Araujo - Altagracia (Cabernet Sauvignon)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 70213-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($95; based on 91% cabernet sauvignon) Good deep ruby-red. Smoky black raspberry, mocha, tobacco, earth and brown spices on the nose, along with a saline hint. Sweet, concentrated and serious, with an attractive sugar/acid balance to the flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Firmly structured and quite impressive for a second wine.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Altagracia (91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) reveals a spicy, mineral-laden, black fruit, damp forest, truffle, and crushed rock-scented bouquet. With lovely fruit, medium to full body, and no hard edges, it is ideal for drinking over the next 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: David Rite
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Good wine but not at this price point. Good structure and finish but certainly not great. Pass on this going forward
    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Has really evolved nicely over time and has a great balance, depth, and complexity with plenty of concentrated fruit.
    Author: KMS
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

  • 601 bottles owned
  • 114 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 114 collectors)