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  • Country ranking ?

    177
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Game

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The Story

The Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a unique allure to it. It is the finesse, purity of fruit, vivid acidity and profound mineral character that set this wine apart from the other Napa wines. Its style is almost reminiscent of Pomerol. It is a sophisticated wine with great potential. Thanks to the Araujos vineyard management, the wines are showing an increasing amount of the terroir character. The terroir There are three terroir factors that give the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon its unique character.

Firstly, the vineyard is located in a cove protected by the Palisades Mountains, which draw cool air from the Sonoma coastline to the site from the western Chalk Hill Gap. This helps the grapes keep their freshness and acidity, which is often a challenge given the warm Calistoga district.

 

The second factor is the subsoil composition, which is being shaped by the two tributaries crossing the vineyard. The subsoil is made up of volcanic cobbles derived from the Palisades Mountains. This deep rocky subsoil is well-draining causing the vine roots to penetrate deep into the ground in search of water. As the roots penetrate the soil levels, more mineral compounds are being absorbed adding minerals and complexity to the grapes. As the vineyard lies on a gently sloping hill there are parts of the vineyard with richer soil containing volcanic ash, small stones and red clay. These parts provide more weight and complexity to the flavour profile of the grapes. 

The third terroir factor is formed by the Araujos themselves. Through innovative vineyard management practices, the Araujos have succeeded in transferring the unique terroir into their wines. Philosophy in winemaking The Araujos commitment to producing estate-grown wines of highest calibre and distinction has driven them to employ cutting-edge practices in farming and winemaking

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Extensive and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Mushrooms, Leather, Tobacco and Herbs

nose

Intense, Complex, Opulent and Refined

taste

Well-Integrated, Complex, Full-bodied, Focused, Rich, Full and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Outstanding

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle, in an excellent condition and has bottom neck level. Colour is ruby red, and looking healthy and deep. On the nose it is intense, opulent, refined and complex. The taste is focused, rich, full, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with well-integrated and complex structure. On the palate it is layered and has mushrooms, herbs, blackcurrant, blueberry, leather, white fruits, tropical fruits and tobacco flavours. The finish is long, extensive, lingering and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated, outstanding and masterpiece. I paid around 1k-3k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
  • 97p
The first wine of the last flight finally delivered, with a deep, smoky, earthy nose and heavy, underlying fruit. There was beef, plum, cassis and blackberry aromas, and its finish was the most serious of the night so far. Justin was thinking Colgin, while another wondered Pride Reserve. The style of wine was, indeed, mountainous, with a big presence of tannins and alcohol
  • 95p
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Origin

Napa, Napa Valley

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