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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 113015)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $299.00

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
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
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 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:

Reflecting a superb growing season, this wine is immensely aromatic, exhibiting notes of ripe cassis and blackberries layered with hints of leather, dried sage, crushed rock and rose petals. In the mouth, the wine is a seamless expression of elegance and depth, perfectly balancing rich fruit, earthiness, minerality and powerful but fine oak tannins, finishing with incredibly persistent notes of wet granite.

Notes winemaker Franoise Peschon: The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of great purity and strength, with abundant silky tannins enveloping the sweet fruit and mineral core. It is vibrant, authentic and intense - less fruit driven, more earth driven, it is a sophisticated wine of place.

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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.