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Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard 2011

Araujo Estate

The Eisele Vineyard terroir showed its pedigree in 2011. This Cabernet is vibrant and fresh, layered with distinctive minerality and nuance. The ethereal tannins are simply melted throughout, supporting a delicious texture and prolonged by a lingering finish. The 2011 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet combines deep energy and elegance with a sense of restraint, providing great pleasure even at this early stage of its life.

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Vineyard designation:
Eisele Vineyard
Vintage:
2011
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Size:
750 mL, 1.5 L
Rating:
96

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Aging:
New French oak (19 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Organic
Estate:
Yes
Closure:
Cork

Reviews

  • "96+ points. Araujo has long made some of the more restrained Cabernets in Napa Valley. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is one of the more Left Bank inflected wines in the estate's distinguished history. Beautifully layered and expressive, the 2011 graces the palate with exquisite finesse and total harmony. The 2011 isn't a huge, explosive wine like the 2010 or 2009, but it stands out for its exceptional length and vibrancy. Readers should not expect an obvious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I imagine the 2011 will still be marvelous at age 30, and I won't be surprised if it is one day regarded as one of the great, iconic wines of the vintage. The 2011 has been truly special since I started tasting the single blocks in the Spring of 2012." (vinous)
  • "93+ points. Bright red-ruby. Nobler on the nose than the Altagracia, displaying scents of currant, licorice and tobacco lifted by a sexy floral topnote. Broad and supple in the mouth, but with lovely definition and power to the flavors of plum, currant, brown spices and brown sugar. At once suave and penetrating, and sweeter and longer than the Altagracia. Can't quite match the young 2012 for thickness of texture but I love the more restrained style of this 2011." (International Wine Cellar)

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