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Average critic rating : 94.0 points
Previously recommended, but no tasting note given.||Despite having over 40-plus acres of vineyards in the northeasterly sector of Napa just south of Calistoga, the production at Araujo remains relatively limited, with the flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, producing between 1,600 and 2,200 cases of wine, and the second wine, the Altagracia, between 800 and 1,200 cases. Add to that another 1,000 cases of Sauvignon Blanc and 300-400 cases of Syrah, and there is just not a lot to go around given the greatness that can be achieved from this vineyard. Much of the credit has to go to proprietors Bart and Daphne Araujo and, of course, their top-notch winemaking team, which has always been led by Francoise Peschon. Araujo’s second wines are among the finest second wines consumers will find in northern California. For example, the Altagracia cuvees, which represent 25-35% of the production, have been outstanding examples of Cabernet Sauvignon. Araujo has done an excellent job with Syrah, which they typically co-ferment with 3-4% Viognier. Sadly, only 300-400 cases are produced.||Tel. (707) 942-6061; Fax (707) 942-6471 Wine Advocate.December, 2008
Located in the northeast Napa Valley, just east of Calistoga, the Araujo Estate (which includes the famed 35 acre Eisele Vineyard) is principally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Originally planted in the 1880s and broadly dedicated to Zinfandel and Riesling, it was replanted in favour of Cabernet in 1964 and its wines are today renowned for their distinctive elegance and finesse.
For the past 23 years, Daphne and Bart Araujo have been committed to raising the property up to the status of California “First Growth”. Producing their first vintage of Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in 1991, this inaugural wine was declared “an unqualified success” by Robert Parker, and they have gone from strength to strength ever since.
Organic and biodynamic, the estate is dedicated to the emphasis of terroir. Although the Cabernet is unquestionably the most celebrated of the range, their Syrah is equally compelling, described by Antonio Galloni as “easily one of the finest Syrahs being made in Napa Valley”
Purchased in 2013 by The Artemis Group – owners of Chateau Latour – Araujo and the Eisele Vineyard now sit beneath the same impressive umbrella as a variety of world-class wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone.
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