1997 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet - 750ml

1997 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet - 750ml

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1997 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet

During their twenty-three years of stewardship of the Eisele Vineyard, the Araujos were committed to maintaining links with Napa Valley’s rural history while building on the Eisele’s accomplishments. Taking an exceptional piece of land for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, the Araujos created an authentic winegrowing estate. They replanted the vines, introduced organic farming and became among the first Napa Valley vintners to embrace the principles of biodynamic farming. They re-designed the estate grounds and safeguarded a diverse eco-system to ensure the health of the land.

The Araujos also constructed the first winery on the property, including temperature-controlled caves, tastefully

integrating the architecture with the natural and historic landscape. And they produced outstanding wines, exquisite Cabernet Sauvignons that secured a world-class reputation for the Eisele Vineyard and created a touchstone for Napa Valley.

In 1990 the Araujos also identified a small number of Syrah vines within a Cabernet block dating from 1978 grafts, and from these vines they developed a dedicated Syrah program. Additionally, they brought Sauvignon Blanc to an east-facing slope of the Eisele Vineyard. The Araujo’s contribution to this property – its beauty and vitality, its wines and its stature – cannot be overstated. Their work will speak through this place as long as vines are in the ground.

When we arrived at Araujo Estate in 2013, forty vintages had already carried the Eisele Vineyard designation. We admire and respect these wines immensely. Their exceptional balance, elegance and restraint spoke to us, and we found the expression of terroir to be pure, honest and unmistakable. We were captivated and humbled, knowing that giving voice to this place would be both a privilege and a challenge.

As we continue to write the history of Eisele Vineyard, we build on the spirit of stewardship that defines its past. Our journey here is an exploration, a quest to understand this vineyard more deeply — its geologic construct, the variations in terroir, and the nature of its ancient soils. Changes, when considered, are only in service to letting the terroir speak more clearly. To this work, our experienced team brings creativity, curiosity, and an unflagging passion for excellence.


Product Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1997
Rating 92 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Araujo Estate
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 92 RP - Araujo's Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard has become a benchmark. The aromatically forward 1997 will be among the more seductive and sexy Cabernet Sauvignons produced in the nineties. It possesses all the ingredients necessary for greatness - concentration purity and richness - but what sets it apart from other vintages is its evolved aromatic personality. The wine tastes as if it is 6-12 months older than it actually is something I found with many 1997 North Coast reds. The color is a healthy saturated dark purple. The wine is elegant rich in fruit medium to full-bodied and extremely expressive even flamboyant. This should prove to be a sexy ostentatiously-styled wine that will drink beautifully upon release yet its balance suggests at least two decades of longevity. 

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

Burghound

Burghound

Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1997
Rating 92 RP
Barrels
French Oak 
Style
Bordeaux Blend
Owners
Bart & Daphne Araujo
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Araujo Eisele Vineyards
Winemaker
Helene Mingot
Production
2710 cases (approx)

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