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Araujo "Eisele" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

96-98 points Robert Parker: The 2007 is overwhelmed in concentration, complexity and potential by the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard. This is a great wine displaying an opaque purple color along with abundant aromas of black currants, incense, graphite and flowers, an opulent texture, full-bodied intensity and more layers, texture and density than the 2007. The 2008 possesses a beautifully sweet mid-palate and ripe, velvety tannins. This may be the finest Araujo Eisele Cabernet produced since their trifecta of 2005, 2002 and 2001. Long and rich, it is capable of 25-30 years of aging and appears to be one of the wines of the vintage. (Dec 2010)

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Araujo Estate Wines:
To develop and operate a world-class winegrowing estate. To produce organically grown fruit and with this fruit make a singular wine of the highest caliber and distinction. The style of the wine should be at once classic and contemporary... it should express the uniqueness of the precious resource that is Araujo Estate. Our estate is a wine property located in the northeast Napa Valley, just e... Read more
To develop and operate a world-class winegrowing estate. To produce organically grown fruit and with this fruit make a singular wine of the highest caliber and distinction. The style of the wine should be at once classic and contemporary... it should express the uniqueness of the precious resource that is Araujo Estate. Our estate is a wine property located in the northeast Napa Valley, just east of Calistoga. Its two primary components are the 38-acre Eisele VineyardTM, and a winery and cave complex we designed and built specifically to vinify only Eisele Vineyard grapes. The Eisele Vineyard is one of the most respected Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Napa Valley, equivalent to a premier cru Bordeaux. Warm days, cool nights and well-drained cobbly soils produce remarkable wines. The vineyard was established more than 120 years ago, and was first planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1964. When we acquired it in 1990, we began extensive renovation of the existing buildings, created a new winery and caves, and in the vineyard, refined the varietal mix and upgraded clone-rootstock combinations, to realize the property's potential for joining the international elite of limited production wine estates oriented exclusively to quality. As stewards of this singular place, we employ organic and Biodynamic® practices in our farming and winemaking, reinforcing the unique terroir in our wines, and ensuring the health of the soil and vines now and for the future. Our farming extends from vines to olive trees, fruits and vegetables for the table, and beekeeping. The olive oil and honey we produce further reflect the property's character and natural abundance. Through meticulous attention to detail in all factors influencing the ultimate quality of the wines, we strive to produce singular wines of place, of the Eisele Vineyard. Welcome to Araujo Estate. Read less

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Tasting Notes:

This wine exhibits the distinctive Eisele Vineyard flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, toffee and cedar, with nuances of spice and a long mineral finish. Winemaker Francoise Peschon describes the wine as full bodied, concentrated, and multi-layered with marvelous extraction and suppleness.

96-98 points Robert Parker: The 2007 is overwhelmed in concentration, complexity and potential by the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard. This is a great wine displaying an opaque purple color along with abundant aromas of black currants, incense, graphite and flowers, an opulent texture, full-bodied intensity and more layers, texture and density than the 2007. The 2008 possesses a beautifully sweet mid-palate and ripe, velvety tannins. This may be the finest Araujo Eisele Cabernet produced since their trifecta of 2005, 2002 and 2001. Long and rich, it is capable of 25-30 years of aging and appears to be one of the wines of the vintage. (Dec 2010)

Dietary Information: Organic

2406 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.59 grams per liter

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