Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

SKU C022


This wine exudes power and grace, and its opaque ruby color only hints at the intense, concentrated aromatics and tastes that follow. Forward flavors of blackberry, cassis and dark cherry overlay an earthy backdrop of dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, licorice and roasted chestnuts. Notes reminiscent of spice cake, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and candied fruit add a subtle sweetness; while nuances of acacia flowers, rose petal and granite increase complexity. Winemaker Francoise Peschon notes: Following in the classic tradition of Eisele Vineyard cabernets, this wine is perfectly balanced with a luscious, velvety mouth feel, mature tannins, fine structure and a long, cedar finish. Like the finest classified growth Bordeaux, it promises years of aging potential.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Araujo
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorComplete and very complex, exhibiting rich plum and red currant flavors, with touches of anise, sage, herb and mineral. Plush, focused aftertaste. Best from 2005 through 2013

James Laube, November 15, 2003
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700 case blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot. This vintage produced lighter wines, resulting in a Bordeaux-like example of this cuvee. After 22 months in oak, this textured, perfumed Cabernet offers up aromas of black currants, earth, and lilacs (reminiscent of Chateau Margaux). It possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as medium body, a good texture, a slight austerity, but brilliant purity and balance. A lighter-weight effort by Araujo's standards, it is extremely well-balanced and approachable. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker, December 2003