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2008 Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) Syrah

  • 95 WA
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 43069-2008

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (just 150 cases produced owing to the severe spring frost): Ruby-red. Captivating nose offers dark berries, bacon fat, dark chocolate, mocha and a whiff of flint; sexy and varietally expressive. Then sweet and supple in the mouth, with lovely inner-mouth floral and licorice lift. Harmonious acidity is in balance with the wine's fruit. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good length. I'd give this a year or so to express itself more fully. It should offer relatively early appeal and age well.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Again, the deep blue/purple-colored 2008 Syrah Eisele Vineyard appears to have more to it. The bouquet offers hints of roasted meats, flowers, crushed rocks and blueberries, and the evolved, approachable wine reveals sweet tannins. It is the product of a tiny crop that appears to have given it an extra measure of density. It should drink well for a decade or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 114 bottles owned
    • 27 collectors