Araujo Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley 1996

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Cabernet Sauvignon
California : Napa Valley
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The 1996 growing season began with an early budbreak following warm winter temperatures and generous early rain. During bloom in May, four inches of rain reduced the overall crop by 25 percent, and intense heat spikes in July and August kept the remaining berries small and very concentrated. The heat of summer was followed by a mild September, allowing the clusters to ripen completely for optimal flavor development. We harvested our Cabernet from the middle of September through the first week of October. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed into stainless tanks, fermented separately by vineyard block, then aged 21 months in 75% new French oak barrels, and bottled in July, 1998.

Tasting Notes:  This powerful wine is brimming with flavors of ripe dark fruit—blackberry, blueberry, plum and blackcurrant—balanced by dark chocolate, roasted coffee, spice and sweet vanilla notes. Winemaker Francoise Peschon comments: There is an earthy and mineral character typical of the Eisele Vineyard terroir, with seamless fine-grained tannins that are elegantly integrated. Dense and structured, this wine will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should age gracefully for at least two decades.

Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition for their age, from their original case and all fills are bottom neck or better. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the right of "Producer."


  • Wine Advocate

    Robert Parker
    January 2000
    94 The saturated purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard offers an attractive nose of black fruits intermixed with toast, minerals, subtle tar, and wood smoke. Full-bodied, with impressive purity, a multi-layered mid-palate and finish, it is an expressive, pure, powerful, and large-boned wine.
  • Wine Spectator

    James Laube
    November 15, 1999
    94 Smooth and polished, with detailed flavors of ripe plum, black cherry, spice and light oak, this pedigreed red turns rich and elegant, with a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2001 through 2008. 2,305 cases made.
  • International Wine Cellar

    Stephen Tanzer
    May 1999
    93 Deep ruby color, darker for its age than the '97. Slightly roasted aromas of black fruits, toffee, leather, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate; exhilarating suggestion of crystallized berries. Lush and velvety in the mouth; already displays wonderful sweetness and layered texture. Very strong back end features chewy, ripe tannins. A very successful '96, showing beautifully today.