The 1992 growing season was characterized by moderate weather conditions punctuated by a heat wave in late August. Deciding to wait out the heat, the winemaker’s patience was rewarded by cooler temperatures in September, allowing the vines to develop their fruit more gradually to optimal physiological ripeness. Selective picking made for a fine early crush. The grapes were harvested in mid-September, crushed in the newly completed estate winery, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak, Chateau-style barrels. The wine was bottled in December 1994.
The 1992 vintage displays a spicy sweet nose, lively flavors of black currant, chocolate, toffee, and cedar, and a characteristically long mineral finish. Remarkably smooth, the wine delivers, a luscious mouthfeel, with richly concentrated fruit and silky tannins. Consulting winemaker Tony Soter notes: Vintages like 1992 tend to produce approachable wines with attractive ripe fruit and soft tannins. This elegant wine shows the classic Eisele Vineyard cabernet flavors and an expressive early aroma development. Full bodied and powerful now, yet beautifully balanced, it will continue to develop with cellaring.
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December 199494-96 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.