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2002 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

The mission statement reads, in part, "To produce organically grown fruit and with this fruit make a singular wine of the highest caliber and distinction." By all accounts, Bart and Daphne Araujo are succeeding magnificently. The flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon from their own Eisele Vineyards, is hailed by critics and desired by consumers in every vintage. Though first planted to Zinfandel... More »

WA 99
WS 95
IWC 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2022 WS: 2007-2014
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750ml $375.00

IWC 95
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120

(14.6% alcohol; includes 2.6% cabernet franc and 1.6% petit verdot) Good saturated ruby-red. Superripe, complex, slightly roasted nose combines black raspberry, dark chocolate, smoked meat, maple syrup, toffee, tobacco and licorice. Dense and aromatic in the mouth, with compelling sweetness and suavity of texture. Wonderfully opulent and seamless red wine. This finishes with huge but utterly fine tannins and lush, lingering flavor.

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WA 99
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 201

Araujo's spectacular 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700-case blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from a vineyard tucked in the lower hillsides of northeastern Napa Valley, not far from the quaint town of Calistoga. Araujo has enjoyed an incredible string of top-notch vintages from 2001 through 2005 and again from 2008 through 2010. Extremely youthful at age ten, the 2002 is a candidate for perfection. Its dense blue/purple hue is followed by abundant aromas of cassis, incense, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Full-bodied and opulent as well as pure, rich and authoritative, with abundant but beautifully integrated tannins, this opulent, plush 2002 can be drunk now or cellared for another 20-25 years.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007-2014

Firm, rich and concentrated, with ample tannins wrapped around a core of earth, currant and black cherry fruit. With excellent balance and depth, it serves up lots of rich, complex flavors without being heavy, offering a floral, perfumed currant edge. 1,630 cases made.

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Author G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.69%
Tasted On 06/14/2013

Very smooth, nice finish and tannins are almost non-existent, but lacked the nuances a perfect wine would display.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.788%
Tasted On 11/08/2012

OK wine, but not aging well. Kinda like a third growth with nice nose but not enough weight and finish.

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Author PLevensohn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.26%
Tasted On 12/11/2011
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Spectacular long finish, black raspberry and chocolate on the palate with a deep smokiness. not tannic at all.

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Author Front Man
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 05/10/2010

The most profound and singular wine I've had to date. I don't think I could mistake this for any other California Cabernet. Dark red brick color. The nose had complex aromas of a more mature wine, but the mouthfeel was youthful and vibrant. Extremely intense and mouthcoating flavors of spicy oak and licorice. Long finish

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Author juglum
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.109%
Tasted On 02/19/2010
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Author Kiki
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 97.778%
Tasted On 04/15/2009
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great cabernet of nice vintage. very bordeaux like, with wonderful sense of place and terroir. just great vineyard and propritors vision is fully intertwined

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 12/01/2005
Drink Dates 2012-2022+

Deeply colored with thick, slow moving, and lightly pigmented legs. Powerful but deft scents of milk chocolate, game, white flowers, cherry flamb?, and minerals. Great acidity with very smooth and velvety tannin. Incredible length ? the wine starts to disappear only to suddenly regenerate with loads of flavor but no weight. So good that I believe the wine is worth its (yet again) increased tariff. Interestingly Araujo is not only farming organically but has begun Bordeaux Varietals 1 to experiment with biodynamic techniques as well. Fruit is de-stemmed and undergoes a pre-fermentation maceration. The juice is fermented Pinot Noir 10 using indigineous yeast and aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling.

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Classification of Napa
Recently the Finnish publication FINE Wine Magazine has attempted to classify Napa Valley wines akin to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux. View the article here: "Napa Valley Classification." Since then, there has been much...

Created  Nov 4, 2009
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