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2004 Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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RATINGS

95Wine Spectator

Firm, tight and well-structured, with a medley of floral, spice and dried currant, with a touch of herb and cedary oak. Well-integrated, focused and concentrated, ending with a long, deep, persistent finish that will reward cellaring.

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

Sweet and spicy notes intermixed with white chocolate, black currant, crushed rock, and some underbrush and floral scents.

94Stephen Tanzer

Blackcurrant, black raspberry syrup, mocha and tobacco on the nose...with impressive fat and captivating plummy fruit.

18.5Jancis Robinson

Graceful as ever, with vibrant black cherry and currant fruit backed by sturdy tannins, refreshing acidity, and hints of dried herbs and oak spice. Medium-full and expertly balanced, with great length and generosity.

PRODUCER

Araujo

Araujo Estate is a 38-acre vineyard in northeast Napa Valley, now called Eisele Vineyard . It was established in 1990 when Bart and Daphne Araujo bought the historic vineyard from Milt and Barbara Eisele, who planted the vines in the 1960s. The estate was an early leader in organic and sustainable winemaking and has been farmed organically since 1998 and biodynamically since 2000. The Araujos’ commitment to sustainable winemaking is yet another accolade for the vineyard, which has been regarded as one of valley’s great vineyards 50 years. The Araujos completed many renovation projects after they acquired the estate, and planted such varietals as Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The estate’s signature wine is its highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2013 the Araujos sold the estate to the owners of Château Latour.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.