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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
(search item no. 79211)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $349.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700 case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Built for the long run, but accessible enough to drink now, this saturated purple-colored beauty offers up gorgeously pure aromas of white flowers intermixed with cedar, black currant liqueur, and subtle toasty oak. Layered, multidimensional, and pure, it admirably balances power and elegance. For me, this is the finest Cabernet Sauvignon produced at this estate since 1995 (which is drinking terrifically at present)." -WA

This hallmark wine balances power, elegance and finesse in the dense tannin structure characteristic of a fine vintage. Luscious aromas of cassis and blackberry give way to opulent layers black currant and dark chocolate flavors in the mouth, while notes of spice and cedar, hints of violets and a crushed granite minerality linger in the long finish. Winemaker Fran├žoise Peschon notes: A combination of an exceptional 2001 vintage, extreme selection in the vineyard and careful blending in the winery have produced this intense, classic expression of Eisele Vineyard terroir. Abundant fine tannins, pure flavors and perfect balance assure years of ageing potential.

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About Araujo:

Since 1971, some of California's most ageworthy and intensely-flavored Cabernet Sauvignons have been made from grapes grown at the Eisele Vineyard, located on a benchland near the northern end of Napa Valley, just east of Calistoga. Protected by the Palisades Mountains to the north and cooled by westerly breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap, this 38-acre vineyard is planted on warm cobbly soils that produce a low-yielding crop of exceptionally concentrated fruit. Bart and Daphne Araujo acquired the Eisele Vineyard in 1990, and committed to producing only wines of the highest caliber and distinction. Araujo Estate produces 4 wines each vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, Altagracia, Syrah Eisele Vineyard and Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard.