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Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Eisele Vineyard 2003

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Following a warm winter with above average rainfall, the start of the 2003 growing season was delayed by a cool spring and an unusually wet April that reduced the fruit set and cluster size. A benign summer ensued, with classic conditions of cool, foggy mornings followed by long summer days of temperatures mostly in the 80’s, allowing flavors to develop well in advance of sugars. Some long-awaited heat arrived in mid-September, bringing the small crop of already flavorful grapes to full phenolic ripeness. Harvest began on September 17th, and continued until October 24th. The grapes were picked and delivered to the winery during the cool pre-dawn hours. The fruit was sorted by hand, de-stemmed, and cold-soaked, and underwent native yeast fermentations and extended macerations in small stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in 100percent new French oak barrels for 26 months and bottled in December, 2005. 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon 9 percent Cabernet Franc 3 percent Petit Verdot Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley

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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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Snooth User: ncmathsadist
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5.00 5
09/17/2011

This is just about the best Cab I have ever had. I was lucky enough to stumble across this properly kept bottle at a charity auction for the UNC Childrens' Hospital. The nose comes right at you and says, "This is a cab with depth and subtlety." It is being enjoyed with a couple of lovely strip steaks. If you can get a bottle of this, go for it. It's really grand.

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highly recommended

Snooth User: Gbuck
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5.00 5
08/05/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Eisele Vineyard

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/28/2010

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (1,600 cases made from 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, but winemaker Francois Peschon was quick to say they might tweak the blend as it evolves) is higher in alcohol than the 2002 or 2001, but i... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml



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Following a warm winter with above average rainfall, the start of the 2003 growing season was delayed by a cool spring and an unusually wet April that reduced the fruit set and cluster size. A benign summer ensued, with classic conditions of cool, foggy mornings followed by long summer days of temperatures mostly in the 80’s, allowing flavors to develop well in advance of sugars. Some long-awaited heat arrived in mid-September, bringing the small crop of already flavorful grapes to full phenolic ripeness. Harvest began on September 17th, and continued until October 24th. The grapes were picked and delivered to the winery during the cool pre-dawn hours. The fruit was sorted by hand, de-stemmed, and cold-soaked, and underwent native yeast fermentations and extended macerations in small stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in 100percent new French oak barrels for 26 months and bottled in December, 2005. 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon 9 percent Cabernet Franc 3 percent Petit Verdot Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley

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