Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

SKU C024


Produced from a small crop of concentrated, ripe berries, this deep and dark wine exhibits an endless bouquet of crushed blackberries and cassis, highlighted by floral nuances of dried lavender and chamomile, and spicy notes of clove and nutmeg. In the mouth, it is a full-bodied, seamless wine, with a juicy mid-palate layered with hazelnuts, mocha, pencil lead and licorice, and a rich, lingering finish of wet granite and fine tannins. Notes winemaker Francoise Peschon: A beautiful balance of power and elegance, this remarkable, highly concentrated cabernet exhibits a purity of flavors and origin. It is expressive, vibrant, lively, and complete, and should age for many years.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Araujo Estate
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateOne of the candidates for â€Å"wine of the vintage,” the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard represents 1,600 cases produced from a 40-acre vineyard, which tells you how Draconian Araujo’s selection process is. The final blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot has resulted in a beautifully pure wine displaying an extraordinary floral, black currant, and mineral-scented bouquet, with no hint of new oak. The purity, richness and full-bodied power yet surreal finesse and impeccable balance should be cherished by wine lovers. This beauty can be drunk now and over the next two decades. Wow!

Robert Parker, December 2006
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorWonderfully executed ripe cherry and currant-laced fruit is shaded by spicy, toasty oak that picks up hints of mocha and espresso. Avoids excessive ripeness and is well-balanced, with a long finish that shows firm, structured tannins and a touch of mineral. Best from 2009 through 2013. 1,600 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2006