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Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Eisele Vineyard 2004

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After a winter of average rainfall, the 2004 growing season began in earnest in March, with summer-like weather that warmed the vineyard soils. Budbreak, and then bloom, occurred evenly and early, but the crop set was very light. After some heat in late April, mild, consistent weather through the long summer months promoted steady, even and early ripening. With very low yields, the grapes developed superb flavor concentration by late August, when cool mornings were followed by hot afternoons, bringing the crop to ideal ripeness across the vineyard. The Cabernet harvest began early, on September 2nd, with the grapes hand picked in the cool pre-dawn hours. The last pans of fruit were delivered to the crush pad on September 11th. The fruit was sorted by hand, de-stemmed, and gravity fed to small stainless tanks, where it underwent cold-soaking, native yeast fermentations, and extended macerations. The wine was aged in 100new French oak barrels for 26 months and bottled in November, 2006. Tasting Notes A product of a near perfect growing season, this dark, dense wine exhibits aromas of black currant and raspberry, fresh earth and truffles, and intriguing notes of acacia and narcissus touched with smoke and nutmeg. In the mouth, it fills the palate with wild dark fruits, creme de cassis, tobacco and cocoa nib, while the long finish lingers with mineral notes and silky, sweet tannins. Notes winemaker Françoise Peschon: Opulent in body and exceptionally fine grained in tannin structure, this wine is perfectly balanced, elegant and generous, a beautiful expression of the Eisele Vineyard terroir. Grape Source 94 percent Cabernet Sauvignon 3 percent Cabernet Franc 3 percent Petit Verdot Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley Production and Technical Data Alcohol: 14.8 percent Total Acid: 0.57 g/100ml pH: 3.85 Production: 1240 cases Release Date: October 1, 2007

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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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External Reviews for Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Eisele Vineyard

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/08/2011

Previously recommended, but no tasting note given. 94+ Despite having over 40-plus acres of vineyards in the northeasterly sector of Napa just south of Calistoga, the production at Araujo remains relatively limited, with the flagship wine,... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

Previously recommended, but no tasting note given. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (sadly, only 1,200 cases) is a stunner. From a slightly earlier harvest than the ... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 1500ml



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After a winter of average rainfall, the 2004 growing season began in earnest in March, with summer-like weather that warmed the vineyard soils. Budbreak, and then bloom, occurred evenly and early, but the crop set was very light. After some heat in late April, mild, consistent weather through the long summer months promoted steady, even and early ripening. With very low yields, the grapes developed superb flavor concentration by late August, when cool mornings were followed by hot afternoons, bringing the crop to ideal ripeness across the vineyard. The Cabernet harvest began early, on September 2nd, with the grapes hand picked in the cool pre-dawn hours. The last pans of fruit were delivered to the crush pad on September 11th. The fruit was sorted by hand, de-stemmed, and gravity fed to small stainless tanks, where it underwent cold-soaking, native yeast fermentations, and extended macerations. The wine was aged in 100new French oak barrels for 26 months and bottled in November, 2006. Tasting Notes A product of a near perfect growing season, this dark, dense wine exhibits aromas of black currant and raspberry, fresh earth and truffles, and intriguing notes of acacia and narcissus touched with smoke and nutmeg. In the mouth, it fills the palate with wild dark fruits, creme de cassis, tobacco and cocoa nib, while the long finish lingers with mineral notes and silky, sweet tannins. Notes winemaker Françoise Peschon: Opulent in body and exceptionally fine grained in tannin structure, this wine is perfectly balanced, elegant and generous, a beautiful expression of the Eisele Vineyard terroir. Grape Source 94 percent Cabernet Sauvignon 3 percent Cabernet Franc 3 percent Petit Verdot Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley Production and Technical Data Alcohol: 14.8 percent Total Acid: 0.57 g/100ml pH: 3.85 Production: 1240 cases Release Date: October 1, 2007

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