This wine's aroma is intensely spicy, full of clove and cinnamon, black tea and smoke. In the mouth the rich flavors of plum, chocolate, toffee and pepper, are deep without heaviness, and the massive but fine silky tannins linger through the long sweet finish. This wine is supple enough to drink now, but will develop in
complexity with 5 to 10 years of cellaring.
"The new baby in the Araujo stable is the Syrah. This wine has been made in non-commercial quantities, yet the potential is exciting. The 1994 Syrah Eisele Vineyard (which is blended with 8% Viognier) will be released next year. Approximately 800 cases were produced. It may be the single greatest Syrah yet produced in California. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color, followed by a fabulous nose of black fruits, pepper, minerals, and a subtle whiff of Viognier's honeysuckle fruit. It is magnificent on the palate, with massive richness yet, remarkably, no heaviness or coarseness. It is a tour de force in winemaking. This wine should easily stride through the next three decades."
The Wine Advocate