Araujo Estate Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Winemaker Notes :
At first, the nose reveals rose petal notes with a hint of peony, then it opens up with blackcurrant, dark cherry aromas and a pinch of licorice. The mouthfeel is unctuous and succulent with a savory black fruit sustained by tight tannins and a finish on blond tobacco notes. This may be the finest Altagracia to date, deeper and more concentrated than 2012, with a darker character and a great ageing potential. It is in essence the more approachable little brother of the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Glorious aromas, like walking into a flower shop, from roses to lilacs. Lots of dark fruit too. Then goes to slate and dark mushroom. Full body, super refined tannins and refresh and ultra-clean finish. A thoroughly balanced and refined wine.
Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia is a beauty. Dense, opaque purple, a big sweet kiss of blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with forest floor and violets is followed by a lush, medium to full-bodied wine with terrific concentration, light tannin and an approachable style even for a 2013. It should drink well for 15 or more years.
Appreciably more serious than its 2012 sibling, bursting with spicy black raspberry and framed by nicely savoury tannins: youthfully chalky and crisp. The Altagracia is the second wine from Eisele Vineyard, formerly known as Araujo Estate, and now adminstered by the talented Pinault team.
Charmingly supple and complex, with layers of earth- and mineral-laced currant and wild berry flavors. Impressive for the tender tannins, finishing clean and pure, if short. Drink now. 2,400 cases made.