1995 Araujo - Syrah Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The spectacular 1995 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is one of the greatest New World Syrahs I have ever tasted. Approximately 300 cases were made, and it is even better out of bottle than it was in barrel. The color is an opaque purple. The bouquet offers explosive notes of wood fire, licorice, jammy blackberries and cassis, in addition to the unmistakable scent of black truffles/licorice. Full-bodied and rich, with sensational flavor extraction, remarkable harmony, and a 35+-second finish, this is profoundly great Syrah. While it is approachable, it will not reach full maturity for another 7-8 years; it will keep for 3 decades. Wow! Thankfully, more and more Syrah is being produced at Araujo, but quantities remain tiny.

Drink Dates: 1998-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Smooth, rich and elegant, with polished currant, leather, anise, earth and mineral flavors that are complex and concentrated, sophisticated and long. 340 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2008
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

Fresh, saturated ruby. Cassis, violet and spicy oak on the nose. Terrific intensity of flavor and lush texture, but rather tightly knit today; flavor of crushed dark berries. Finishes long and spicy, but this syrah cannot yet match the Eisele cabernets for sheer persistence. I'd give this one a couple years of bottle aging before pulling the cork.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Jeff S
Trust Rating: 0
Drink Dates: 1998-2028

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Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

125 bottles owned by 55 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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