Original
40 Ratings
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Araujo

Style

Red

Wine Description

(1991 Vintage) 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
    (1992 Vintage) If readers are unable to find any of the 750 cases of the 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (reviewed in issue #95), keep a lookout for the release of the 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard next year. Another fabulous wine from this superb vineyard, it displays a sweet, pure nose of blackcurrants, minerals, and spices. Full-bodied, tannic, and powerful, as well as undeveloped, it exhibits the potential for 20-25 years of aging. A splendidly rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with outstanding balance and purity, it will not be mature before the turn of the century. There will only be about 3,000 cases of the Eisele Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, so connoisseurs will undoubtedly be fighting over the limited quantities available. I have long been an admirer of this vineyard situated at the base of the mountains in northern Napa Valley just to the south of Calistoga. Long-time readers may remember the ecstatic reviews of the 1974 Conn Creek Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the great 1975 Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and its successors. The new owners, Bart and Daphne Araujo, who purchased the vineyard from the Eisele family, are intent on pushing the level of quality to new heights. Future plans include the production of a Syrah as well as a Viognier.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1992 Vintage) Dark-colored, with rich, vibrant, youthful flavors, layers of mocha-laced currant, black cherry, blackberry and anise flavors. Finishes with complexity and burst of fruit.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2007. 810 cases made. –JL
  • Robert Parker
    (1992 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 120 on Dec-98
  • Robert Parker
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132