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1997 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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... More »

WS 87
WA 92
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2004-2011 WA: 2000-2020 WS: 2018-2018
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IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90

Full ruby-red. Expressive nose combines black raspberry, currant, black cherry, chocolate, tobacco and sandalwood. Lush and sweet but fresh, with a firm edge of acidity giving shape to the flavors. Big and mouthfilling but not at all heavy. The tannins are suave and fine. A bit dominated by the oak today. This wine is virtually always in an awkward stage about six months after the bottling, says Bart Araujo, although I recall that the '96 was atypically showy a year ago.

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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 132
Drink Dates 2000-2020

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, is a beauty. The healthy ruby/purple color is followed by classic, unevolved but promising aromas of minerals, cedar, smoke, and black currants. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with admirable purity, a sweet, lush mid-palate, and ripe tannin in the finish. The top-notch 1997 is a classic, restrained.

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WS 87
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2018-2018

Balanced, though short on depth, offering an appealing mix of dried currant, berry, cedar and anise, though it dries out and has a nutty edge on the finish.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 2,710 cases made.

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Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.013%
Tasted On 05/28/2012
Drink Dates

Great wine but not what I was expecting. Has lost a bit.

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Author Lulu SF
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.59%
Tasted On 08/01/2011

Original Note - 13.8% alc

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Author Andya
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Tasted On 09/01/2010
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Author Daddy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.68%
Tasted On 02/02/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2024

Medoc like red wine. Opened for two hours, the decanted. Still has plenty of life in it. Beautiful color, long finish.

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Author Michael C453
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.595%
Tasted On 08/26/2009

excellent napa cab rich ,dirt, mod tannins was great until we opened the Lokoya

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Author Kiki
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 97.778%
Tasted On 06/12/2009
Drink Dates

i had the pleasure of drinking this wine with several industry icons including this gracious proprietor of this wine. bar none it is the best domestic cabernet i have ever had and should be the standard bearer for what cabernet should be in america. true to the land and with a sense of place this cabernet may be what saves Napa Valley from itself from the spat of highly rated undrinkable fruit bombs that are made gratitiously to stand out in a tasting of 100 wines at a time by a boob such as laube. again, a tour de force, clearly a 100 point wine

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.231%
Tasted On 03/02/2009
Drink Dates 2005-2015

Inky purple with dark berry and casis on the nose and palate. Medium bodied and soft on the mid palate with slightly tannic finish. Needs 1 1/2 hours of air. This wine has plenty of life left.

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Author sikora398
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.524%
Tasted On 02/28/2009

Starting to fade at this point. The tannins remain fresh, but the length is diminishing. Good notes of mushrooms and balanced midpalate, but somewhat disappointing.

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Author Monticello1743
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Tasted On 11/30/2008

Decanted 4 hours. Ruby red color, with a sauvage, meaty nose. Soft, but rich body. Plum, cassis, red fruits on palate. Long aftertaste. Glad I decanted; wonder if I opened too soon. If had to give points--93-94.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.997%
Tasted On 09/05/2008

dark ruby, plenty of fruit even a bit youthful, moderate tannin structure and finish. Elegant wine, made for food.

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Author stujakub
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 99.315%
Tasted On 08/15/2008

Nice plum color. Nose of blueberry, chocolate and plum with still a whiff of ethanol. Soft and full bodies, really widening in the mouth. Hints of spices. Very astringent and acidic finish. Hints of oak, and a little off balance. Pure napa cab in it's hedonistic fruit upfront but the finish was short and thin.

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Author Howard J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 06/23/2007

Tobacco and lead pencil on the nose. Very balanced and drinking well now, although not flamboyant (however, Kathleen was quite impressed with it). Seems like it is about in the middle of its drinking window.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 10/20/2003
Drink Dates 2003-2008

The '97 Eisele has always been a relative disappointment in the context of the vintage. Dark red color with lots of thin clear legs. Surprisingly forward and accessible ? this is definitely not a closed '97. Lacks the concentration and depth of fruit one expects from a '97. Open nose of toast, cherry, slight smoke, and some minerals. Easy flavors of slightly acidic toast, black cherry, mint, and menthol. Reasonably plush and drinking well now ? there just isn'tenough there.

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