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