Araujo syrah

Syrah, Eisele Vineyard 2011

Araujo Estate

2011 Eisele Vineyard Syrah shows the benefits of a colder vintage for our best Syrah parcels. With all Syrah blocks harvested before the rains, the complexity and richness are coupled perfectly with this vintage’s particularly intense varietal expression. A smoky, molten liquorice note runs through the finish rendering one of the deepest, most exciting Eisele Syrahs to-date.

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Vineyard designation:
Eisele Vineyard
Vintage:
2011
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
94

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Aging:
50% new French oak (19 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Organic
Estate:
Yes
Closure:
Cork

Reviews

  • "94 points. The 2011 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is rich, dense, textured and also incredibly primary. Smoke, tar, game, black pepper, plum and licorice notes emerge, but only with great reluctance. The 2011 remains intense and resonant in its fruit, but also very young, somber and almost raw. Readers will have to give the 2011 at least a few years in bottle. Once again, Araujo's Eisele Syrah is incredibly distinctive and intense. The 2011 was fermented with 10-15% whole clusters, with a splash of Viognier. According to vineyard manager Caleb Mosley Syrah was the least problematic variety in 2011, as all the fruit came in before the rains." (vinous)
  • "91 points. Medium-dark red. Aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and cocoa powder. Dense, spicy and nicely concentrated, with brisk acidity framing the black raspberry, blackberry and spice flavors. Finishes with tongue-dusting but sweet tannins and a light peppery quality that provides grip without coming off as green." (International Wine Cellar)

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