96 RP - I had inserted this wine in a blind tasting. I did not know where it would appear but I knew it would be in the tasting and I was able to pick it out when it was served. However the rest of the tasters thought it was a large-scaled Bordeaux from the Medoc. This magnificent California Cabernet offers that exciting blend of power and elegance. The opaque purple color is followed by copious quantities of sweet mineral licorice floral-laden blackcurrant fruit full body exceptional purity good underlying well-integrated acidity and tannin and a whoppingly long finish. Typical of many top California wines it combines magnificent richness and ripeness with a sense of gracefulness and complexity. Although young it is soft enough to be enjoyed. Look for the 1991 Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to age effortlessly for another 20-25 years.
I have long been an admirer of this vineyard situated at the base of the mountains in northern Napa Valley just to the south of Calistoga. Long-time readers may remember the ecstatic reviews of the 1974 Conn Creek Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the great 1975 Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and its successors. The new owners, Bart and Daphne Araujo, who purchased the vineyard from the Eisele family, are intent on pushing the level of quality to new heights. Future plans include the production of a Syrah as well as a Viognier.