Go get this immediately. Fantastic find.
Dark Ruby. Vanilla. Oak again, lots of vanilla, chocolate, Acid & Tannnin -> Soft. way too pricey
Some age apparent.. Sweet. Gentle attack. Good mouthfeel. Tanic a bit aggressive. Blah finish, sour.. Sour.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Good bright ruby-red. Black cherry, redcurrant, plum, tobacco and chocolatey oak on the nose. Supple and sweet on entry, then slightly tart in the middle, with modest depth and clarity of flavor. Finishes a bit aggressive, with the wineandrsquo;s tannins and acids not yet in harmony.
A sleek Napa cabernet, this builds from a strong base of black currant and violet scents. Itandrsquo;s lean and focused, though the fruit is warm and peppery rather than fresh. Ready to drink with roast lamb.
Connoisseurs' GuideEven with its high fraction of Merlot, this is still a fairly tight, moderately tannic and slow-to-unfold wine, but, if it is less than beguiling right now, it has a solid sense o
Connoisseurs' Guide"Even with its high fraction of Merlot, this is still a fairly tight, moderately tannic and slow-to-unfold wine, but, if it is less than beguiling right now, it has a solid sense of Cabernet fruit running its length, and its teasing hints of complexity auger well for the future. Give it three or four years of age, and expect it to improve for twice as long." -, Aug 08The 2005 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon has 18% Merlot blended in to soften the tannins for palate feel and add desirable aromas for complexity. All grapes were harvested at their peak maturity. The wine was barrel aged in 50% new French oak from Treuil cooperage. The wine is deep garnet in color, varietally true to type in aroma, and well balanced on the palate. This wine has a long future, but can be enjoyed today for it's vibrancy of flavor.
This entry, from one of the unheralded properties in an underappreciated region, is a fine example of what the Napa Valley can do with wines of restraint. I was astonished, after sampling the wine, that this 2004 Cabernet from the little Volker Eisele Family Estate listed alcohol at 14.8 percent. Because nowhere in the aromas or on the palate did I detect the higher levels of alcohol that has become the average in the Valley. The organic Chiles Valley vineyard (not to be confused with the Eisele Vineyard near Calistoga that Araujo Estate made famous), has produced a dark-red wine that reveals red fruit and herbal and mineral notes. In the mouth, it’s wonderfully balanced, obviously hiding the alcohol quite masterfully. All the right notes are here – the fruit, the oak, and the acidity are in concert. It was aged for 22 months in 50 percent new French wood and less than 2,000 cases were produced. I like the price, too. In the end, this ’04 from the eastern hills above St. Helena is stylish without being showy. It’ll benefit with another year of age and then reward those with patience for another dozen.
Year in, year out, Volker Eisele’s Cabernets are some of the most Bordeaux-styled wines coming out of the Napa Valley. By that, I implicitly mean that they are substantial wines, full of character and complexity, and are relatively lower in alcohol than most Cabs coming out of the region. This one is a listed and very manageable 14.1 percent that would fare well in France, too.This 2002, blended with 5 percent Cab Franc and an equal proportion of Merlot from the estate’s organic vineyard (some of which date to 1975), possesses perfect balance. Like Eisele’s other wines, it’s earthy and intellectual – meaning that is gives one something to think about. I’d hold onto it for a couple of years because the tannins still need some sorting out, and then you’ll be into it for the long haul, perhaps as much as 20 years.The blend spent 22 months in 50- to 60-percent new French barrels and only 2,300 cases were produced. One more thing, the $38 price is a steal, especially when one considers that the average bottle of Cabernet originating from the Napa Valley is at about $50. What’s more, it’s worth more than that. Much of the reason I’ll conjecture is that the wine was produced in Chiles Valley, an American Viticulture Area (AVA) that doesn’t boast the cachet as do some of the region’s other more glamorous appellations. More’s the pity, which means more for you and me. So, take advantage of this under-appreciated AVA and this under-valued wine.