2002 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

Araujo's spectacular 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700-case blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from a vineyard tucked in the lower hillsides of northeastern Napa Valley, not far from the quaint town of Calistoga. Araujo has enjoyed an incredible string of top-notch vintages from 2001 through 2005 and again from 2008 through 2010. Extremely youthful at age ten, the 2002 is a candidate for perfection. Its dense blue/purple hue is followed by abundant aromas of cassis, incense, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Full-bodied and opulent as well as pure, rich and authoritative, with abundant but beautifully integrated tannins, this opulent, plush 2002 can be drunk now or cellared for another 20-25 years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

(14.6% alcohol; includes 2.6% cabernet franc and 1.6% petit verdot) Good saturated ruby-red. Superripe, complex, slightly roasted nose combines black raspberry, dark chocolate, smoked meat, maple syrup, toffee, tobacco and licorice. Dense and aromatic in the mouth, with compelling sweetness and suavity of texture. Wonderfully opulent and seamless red wine. This finishes with huge but utterly fine tannins and lush, lingering flavor.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Firm, rich and concentrated, with ample tannins wrapped around a core of earth, currant and black cherry fruit. With excellent balance and depth, it serves up lots of rich, complex flavors without being heavy, offering a floral, perfumed currant edge. 1,630 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/10/2010
The most profound and singular wine I've had to date. I don't think I could mistake this for any other California Cabernet. Dark red brick color. The nose had complex aromas of a more mature wine, but the mouthfeel was youthful and vibrant. Extremely intense and mouthcoating flavors of spicy oak and licorice. Long finish

2 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 98
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/11/2011
Drink Dates:
Spectacular long finish, black raspberry and chocolate on the palate with a deep smokiness. not tannic at all.

Rating: 97
Author: G
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/14/2013
Very smooth, nice finish and tannins are almost non-existent, but lacked the nuances a perfect wine would display.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 97
Author: juglum
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/19/2010

1 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 92
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/08/2012
OK wine, but not aging well. Kinda like a third growth with nice nose but not enough weight and finish.

Average rating: 96, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

133 bottles owned by 77 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: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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