The distinctive aromas of this wine are tightly focused with notes of black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate along with hints of anise. On the palate, the wine is rich and intense with classic berry notes and a silky tannin structure that is supported by additional layers of sassafras, violet and wet granite. The lingering finish is round, supple and luscious, leaving behind notes of cherry cola and earthy roasted chocolate flavors. Winemaker Francoise Peschon notes: this wine delivers a wonderful combination of textures and expressiveness that are reminiscent of cassis and ripe plums with earthy nuances of nutmeg and roasted cocoa nib. The lingering mouth feel is smooth and seductive and possesses an elegance typical of the Eisele Vineyard.
Wine AdvocateThere are 600 cases of the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Altagracia, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. This seductive effort reveals more fruit, charm, and lushness than the structured, more narrow 2000. It should prove to be a crowd-pleaser if consumed over the next 7-8 years. The selection for this offering is not made in the vineyard, but rather in May, immediately before bottling.