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2005 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 43066-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($250; 91% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 2% merlot) Good full red-ruby color. Wonderful floral lift to the expressive aromas of blackcurrant, black raspberry, tobacco, graphite and nutty oak. Dense, thick and sweet but with perfectly integrated acidity framing the deep flavors of currant, tobacco, mocha and earth. Finishes broad, dusty and very long, with the tannins thoroughly buffered by the wine's mid-palate fruit. This boasts real density of extract without any undue heaviness and offers the balance and backbone for a long and positive evolution in bottle. Very long on personality.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    A nose of black raspberries interwoven with floral notes of blackcurrants and spice jump from the glass of this dense ruby/plum/purple wine. This famous vineyard at the northern end of Napa Valley, which in this era was owned by Bart and Daphne Araujo (today owned by Francois Pinault, the proprietor of Chateau Latour), can certainly make the argument that it's one of the first growths of Napa Valley. Sweet, velvety tannin, medium to full body, and extraordinary complexity and elegance characterize this wine, which is seamless and drinking beautifully. While not one of their longest-lived vintages, the balance and purity suggest that, while it may be entering its fully mature stage, it certainly can keep going for another 10-15 years. The finish is easily 40 seconds-plus.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Dark but with an evolved rim. Tingly nose of real interest. Lots of concentration and a hint of orange peel. Very thick but I think if one were to come across this in Bordeaux, it would be found impressive in a Pavie sort of way. The texture on the end is not too painful or exaggerated. Even if the flavours tend towards pure ripeness and sweetness. Blind guess: mountain. Revealed location: valley.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Smooth, rich and savory, with dried currant, wild berry and black cherry fruit that has a dusty, savory herb and underbrush flavor that adds complexity, ending with a pretty burst of ripe fruit. This grows on you.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Bud2123
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: CBS Wine
  • Self | Rating: 83

    Corked
    Drink Dates: 2007-2011
    Author: Unobskey Sidney
  • Self | Rating: 95

    DARK RUBY RED WITH A GORGEOUS NOSE OF BLACKBERRIES AND CASSIS, SOFT WELL INTEGRATED TANNINS WITH A WONDERFUL LONG LASTING FINISH. BOTTLE DECANTED FOR 4 HOURS PRIOR TO CONSUMPTION.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 94

    delicate, with a lot of structure. Black fruit, casis, and ample tanins. Still young. AT least a decade to go.
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating:

    Drank along with the '03. The '05 was much better!
    Author: fred2288
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Rich, complex fruit with great finish. Deep purple with complex cab nose. Truly a monumental wine. Drinkable but will last. Decanted
    Drink Dates: 2016-2025
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Smooth, rich and savory, with dried currant, wild berry and black cherry fruit that has a dusty, savory herb and underbrush flavor that adds complexity, ending with a pretty burst of ripe fruit. This grows on you. Best from 2011 through 2018. 2,600 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2018
    Author: JLANDAULA
  • Self | Rating:

    Superb-- this vintage will age extremely well, the fruit was full in the mouth, not tannic, and the nose was refined
    Author: PLevensohn
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

  • 3053 bottles owned
  • 457 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 457 collectors)