Araujo Altagracia 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Although the second Cabernet of the estate, the 2002 Altagrácia is a serious wine with superb, complex aromas of cherry, leather, dusty potpourri and spice. The flavors of deep red fruit, crème de cassis and chocolate are densely packed into the opaque, concentrated wine, finishing with ripe juicy tannins and a long mineral finish.
Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 14% Merlot
"Everything is about quality, as evidenced by Araujo's second wine, the 2002 Altagracia. A selection of 650 cases that is about two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and equal parts (about 14% each) Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this is one heck of a second wine. A beautifully fragrant nose of cedar wood, flowers, pepper, and spice box along with the telltale red and black fruit soars from the glass. On a much quicker evolutionary track than the Eisele Estate Cabernet, it is supple-textured as well as loaded with fruit and complexity."
The Wine Advocate
"Good ruby-red. Fresh, expressive aromas of currant, licorice, mocha and charred oak. Fat, sweet, layered and rich, with supple flavors of dark raspberry and brown spices. Not a particularly fruity style, but finishes ripe and quite persistent. This is all from estate fruit; in fact, Araujo continues to sell off lesser stuff that's not good enough for this second wine."
International Wine Cellar
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