Araujo, 1999 Eisele Vineyard
One 1.50, $450.00
Excellent condition, cellared at 50 to 55 degrees.
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Ownership-40.0 acres, 1,600 to 2200 cases produced
Average age of vines, sixty years
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc & 3% Petit Verdot
This reference point winery is always one of my favorite visits in Northern California. As is evident after tasting the wines from Araujo Estate in Napa Valley, this is a formidably run winery dedicated to producing exceptionally high quality wines. The Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard, is a wine that combines the extraordinary power and richness of this hot area of Napa with stunning purity and delineation. The Eisele Vineyard has always produced concentrated Cabernet Sauvignons with black currant, cassis personalities intermixed with a mineral component.
In 2013, this historic estate was sold by the Araujos to the Groupe Artemis and François Pinault, the French entrepreneur, billionaire who is best known in the wine world as the proprietor of Bordeaux’s Château Latour. This is my first look at the wines under the new ownership. I was among the first to review these wines when the vineyard was owned by the Eisele family, who sold grapes to Ridge in 1971 for the first single vineyard offering from this site, and subsequently to Conn Creek in 1974 and Joseph Phelps for nearly a decade. The 38 acre vineyard protected by the Palisades Mountains sits in the northeast quadrant of Napa Valley. It was planted on low yielding, gravelly, cobbly soils in the 1880s to both Riesling and Zinfandel. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1964 with the Olmo Clone, believed to have originated at the nearby Larkmead Vineyard on the valley floor. RP