2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Araujo

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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



Since last year’s report I have had the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard on three separate occasions, including recently at the winery. It has definitely improved over last year’s report, but it has not lived up to my barrel tasting reviews. There is no explanation for this other than that the Araujos told me that the wine was bottled three months later than normal, which seems like a negligible reason to explain the differences. A beautiful wine by any standards, it is just not one of the great Eiseles. Its deep plum/ruby/purple hue is accompanied by notes of cassis, blueberries and acacia flowers. This medium-bodied effort seems surprisingly reserved and restrained, but it has put on a little weight, revealing sweet tannin as well as a velvety texture. This offering should drink nicely for 12-15 years. ||One of the most extraordinary vineyards of Napa Valley is the Eisele Vineyard, which boasts a 40+ year history of producing compelling wines. It is hard to argue with the track record of this hallowed ground in the northeastern sector just southeast of the old cowboy town of Calistoga. I had a chance to retaste Araujo’s 2007s, which were surprisingly less promising than my barrel tastings suggested. Both the Altagracia and the Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard have improved – slightly.||Tel. (707) 942-6061; Fax (707) 942-6471 Wine Advocate.December, 2010

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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