Araujo Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley 2000

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Cabernet Sauvignon
California : Napa Valley
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Through February and early March, consistent rain fully charged the soils with water as the season began, and a mild spring, with little frost, allowed even bud break and good early development of the vines. Fruit set in late May was very uniform. With the exception of a heat spike in early June and some intermittent showers in September, the season was consistent and mild. Warm days and cool nights allowed the grapes to reach optimum ripeness with excellent balance, saturated color and intense flavors. Harvest began with the Cabernet Franc on September 19th and ended with the old vine Cabernet on October 4th. The fruit was hand picked at night, sorted, de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks designed for small lot fermentations, each representing a different vineyard block. Cold soaks, natural fermentations and extended macerations brought out the inherent qualities of the fruit. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months, and was bottled in July 2002.

Tasting Notes:  This wine exudes power and grace, and its opaque ruby color only hints at the intense, concentrated aromatics and tastes that follow. Forward flavors of blackberry, cassis and dark cherry overlay an earthy backdrop of dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, licorice and roasted chestnuts. Notes reminiscent of spice cake, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and candied fruit add a subtle sweetness; while nuances of acacia flowers, rose petal and granite increase complexity. Winemaker Francoise Peschon notes: Following in the classic tradition of Eisele Vineyard cabernets, this wine is perfectly balanced with a luscious, velvety mouth feel, mature tannins, fine structure and a long, cedar finish. Like the finest classified growth Bordeaux, it promises years of aging potential.

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  • Wine Spectator

    James Laube
    November 15, 2003
    92 Complete and very complex, exhibiting rich plum and red currant flavors, with touches of anise, sage, herb and mineral. Plush, focused aftertaste. Best from 2005 through 2013. 1,650 cases made.
  • International Wine Cellar

    Stephen Tanzer
    June 2003
    92 (a blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Good medium red-ruby. Sappy black raspberry, redcurrant, flowers, tobacco and licorice on the nose, along with sexy, smoky oak notes of torrefaction. Dense and lush, with a restrained sweetness and hints of minerals and chocolate. Not a huge wine but boasts lovely intensity and vinosity. The first vintage of this wine to include some merlot - no doubt at least partly due to the influence of consulting enologist Michel Rolland.
  • Wine Advocate

    Robert Parker
    December 2003
    91 The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700 case blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot. This vintage produced lighter wines, resulting in a Bordeaux-like example of this cuvee. After 22 months in oak, this textured, perfumed Cabernet offers up aromas of black currants, earth, and lilacs (reminiscent of Chateau Margaux). It possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as medium body, a good texture, a slight austerity, but brilliant purity and balance. A lighter-weight effort by Araujo’s standards, it is extremely well-balanced and approachable. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.