1999 Araujo - Syrah Eisele Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 1999 Syrah Eisele Vineyard (a blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Viognier) boasts an opaque ruby/purple color along with gorgeous, complex aromatics of melted asphalt, graphite, blackberry liqueur, coffee, and a hint of pepper. This full-bodied Syrah reveals surprising freshness, finesse, and elegance despite its size. The wine is long, rich, and French in style. It is best drunk over the next 10-15 years. Araujo's Syrah program continues to impress. Crop levels have dropped even lower, resulting in a small production (generally less than 400 cases per vintage).

Drink Dates: 2002-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Red-ruby. Flamboyant aromas of black raspberry, Cuban tobacco, animal fur, flint, mocha and tar. Very dense and intensely flavored, with firm but harmonious acidity giving shape to the flavors. Tight but sweet on the finish, with a note of graphite. The percentage of new oak has gone down steadily since the first vintage in 1994 and is now 50%. The wine's 6% viognier component serves "to open the wine, to broaden it," says winemaker Francoise Peschon.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Rich and intense, with complex, focused mineral, berry, leather, tobacco, white pepper and cedary notes. Concentrated, with a sense of elegance and polish. 300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2009
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2018
This is a beautifully put together harmonious Syrah. Dark black red color with a soaring complex nose of vanilla spice, slight game, white pepper, black fruits, and licorice. Persistent flavors that echo the nose coat the palate. Supple tannins and perfect acidity are hallmarks of this wine. Because of the wine?s balance, it can be drunk now but cellaring for up to another 12 to 15 years is possible. Tasting this wine always makes me wish more acreage in Northern Napa Valley was devoted to this varietal. Somewhat reminiscent of La Mouline.

Rating: 89
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2010
Drink Dates: 2003-2019
Although has lot of finesse its lacks of depth and short finish. It seems past its peak.Drink now.

Rating: 50
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/16/2010
Site Blog: mac_h CORKED, so sad was a killer wine from great vintage

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

265 bottles owned by 110 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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