Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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28 Ratings
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Details

Wine Description

The wine shows the distinctive Eisele Vineyard characteristics of rich currant, black cherry, chocolate and mineral, complemented by nuances of anise, bay, cedar and toffee. What strikes consulting winemaker Tony Soter most notably is the wine’s “textural opulence”: The wine is exceptionally dense and concentrated yet supple, with fine integrated tannins and a lingering finish reminiscent of wet granite or slate. The wine is elegant, rich and balanced, but still reserved; it will continue to evolve in complexity and age in the manner of the classic Eisele Vineyard cabernets.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2005 Vintage) The fruit was hand-picked under lights during the cool hours of the night, hand sorted, fermented and macerated in small tanks, and then aged in new French oak barrels for 26 months. Notes winemaker Françoise Peschon: The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of great purity and strength, with abundant silky tannins enveloping the sweet fruit and mineral core. It is vibrant, authentic and intense - less fruit driven, more earth driven, it is a sophisticated wine of place.

The wine shows the distinctive Eisele Vineyard characteristics of rich currant, black cherry, chocolate and mineral, complemented by nuances of anise, bay, cedar and toffee. What strikes consulting winemaker Tony Soter most notably is the wine’s “textural opulence”: The wine is exceptionally dense and concentrated yet supple, with fine integrated tannins and a lingering finish reminiscent of wet granite or slate. The wine is elegant, rich and balanced, but still reserved; it will continue to evolve in complexity and age in the manner of the classic Eisele Vineyard cabernets.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    I had inserted this wine in a blind tasting. I did not know where it would appear, but I knew it would be in the tasting, and I was able to pick it out when it was served. However, the rest of the tasters thought it was a large-scaled Bordeaux from the Medoc. This magnificent California Cabernet offers that exciting blend of power and elegance. The opaque purple color is followed by copious quantities of sweet, mineral, licorice, floral-laden, blackcurrant fruit, full body, exceptional purity, good underlying, well-integrated acidity and tannin, and a whoppingly long finish. Typical of many top California wines, it combines magnificent richness and ripeness with a sense of gracefulness and complexity. Although young, it is soft enough to be enjoyed. Look for the 1991 Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to age effortlessly for another 20-25 years.
  • Wine Spectator
    A dark, profoundly rich and compelling wine, still showing pretty toast and mocha-scented oak a plush, opulent, beautifully defined core of currant, plum and blackberry. Finishes with a gorgeous array of complex, vibrant fruit aromas. Remarkably youthful, worthy of further cellaring and seemingly capable of lasting another 15 years or more.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2016. –JL
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate