(From 2010 Vintage) Araujo’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a picture perfect example of the year. Vibrant, precise and beautifully chiseled, the 2010 boasts serious depth and concentration. The aromas and flavors are incredibly vivid in this textured, dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of dark blue and black fruit, mocha, espresso and grilled herbs flesh out on the huge finish.
(From 1998 Vintage) After hand-sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently crushed into small stainless steel tanks, fermented individually by vineyard block, then aged for 18 months in 75% new French oak barrels. Winemaker Francoise Peschon notes: This complex yet approachable wine is expressive, seamless, with layered flavors of rich concentrated fruit and sweet tannins that coat the palate. The finish lingers with nuances of mineral and earthy spices, promising years of aging potential.
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Wine Advocate(From 1998 Vintage) The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard was bottled earlier than usual as this vintage is not as massive or concentrated as its predecessors. To my palate, the 1998 is good, although I am not convinced it will be long lived. There are 2,300 cases of this 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit-Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc blend. It is supple and elegant, with a complex, evolved bouquet of smoke, black currants, spice box, and cedar. In the mouth, the wine is forward with sweet tannin, gorgeously rich, concentrated fruit, and impressively integrated acidity and tannin. Drink this alluring charmer now and over the next 12-15 years.
Robert Parker(From 1998 Vintage)
Wine Advocate(From 1995 Vintage) Araujo's Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard has become a benchmark. I believe the 1995 is the finest produced under the Araujo regime. It is close to perfection. The wine combines extraordinary power and richness with remarkable complexity and finesse. The saturated purple/black color is followed by aromas of sweet vanillin intermixed with riveting scents of black currants, minerals, exotic spices, coffee, and toast. There is nothing garish about this subtle yet powerful giant of a wine. A Napa Valley classic, it is full-bodied and extremely rich, yet retains its sense of balance and symmetry. This fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon should age effortlessly for 30 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2030.
Wine Advocate(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 120 on Dec-98
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132