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Araujo Estate

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2014 Araujo Estate Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 90

Nosing this reminds me of smelling a bouquet of flowers, with a drizzle of lemon and some honeydew for good measure. Fresh, sweet, lively, with notes of green apple, citrus rind, lime and waxy, lemon grass in the medium bodied, finish.

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2013 Araujo Estate Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 91

Pungent nose of grapefruit, lemon, lime and Mandarian orange that show with little effort. Fresh, clean and pure with a spicy citrus and lychee nut finish.

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Floral and citrus notes with a touch of honeysuckle, the wine is fresh, polished and serves up ripe, lively citrus notes in the finish.

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2013 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia  (Napa Valley) 92

Dark red berries and floral aromas kick things off. Loads of freshness, cocoa and black raspberries on the medium bodied palate, giving you layers of polished, sweet, dark, red fruits. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec.

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Fresh picked black cherries with floral aromatics are the first thing you notice. The wine is soft, forward, medium bodied, fresh and lively, ending with an elegant, spicy, smooth ripe, sweet, black cherry note.

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2012 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 97

A stunner in every sense. The wine is almost opaque in color, with its deep purple hues. The licorice, smoke, blackberry, blue fruit, vanilla bean and liqueur scents are in full force. Powerful, yet graceful, full bodied, but fresh, the wine stains your palate, and feels great as it coats your mouth with its opulent, very ripe, sweet layers of fruit. Yes, it's young, and frankly it is already delicious! This bottle was popped and poured. No decanting necessary.

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This is much better than the last time I tasted the wine. Campfire, stone, blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of espresso bean create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is rich, fat, supple and dense. There is purity, length and freshness followed by a long, silky, chocolate covered, spicy, boysenberry finish.

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Medium/full bodied, soft, silky and refined, this elegantly styled Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with sweet, polished, blackberries, boysenberry, licorice and a hint of dark chocolate.

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2012 Araujo Estate Altagracia Napa Red Wine  (Napa Valley) 91

Medium bodied, fresh, licorice, black cherry nose, soft, lush, forward, fresh, spicy, sweet blackberry finish, that shows just a slight touch of heat.

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2009 Araujo Estate Altagracia Napa Red Wine  (Napa Valley) 91

Oak, herbs, blackberry and plum scents couple with plush textures and ripe fruit to create a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon that is ready to drink on release.

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2009 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 94

Oak, earth, tobacco, truffle, licorice and coffee scents create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is polished, soft and round, ending in a sweet cassis and black cherry finish.

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Deep in color, with a smoky, licorice, cocoa, black and blue fruit personality. Soft, polished and on the elegant side of ripe Napa wines, everything is in balance and harmony.

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Smoke, licorice, coffee, spice box, black cherry liqueur and dark plum aromas capture your attention. Lush, plush, silky and sophisticated, this refined style of California Cabernet Sauvignon offers a delicious, ripe, dark berry, cocoa and supple textured finish. I really like this style of wine.

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2009 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 94

Intense spice, kirsch, pepper and caramel aromas pair perfectly with the suave, supple textures and round, lush, multi layered, plush, plum and peppery, blackberry finish. Like all of Araujo Syrah's, this should for at least 20 years.

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2008 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 95

This exciting wine pops from the glass with a strong perfume filled with spicy berries, jammy black cherry, pepper, earth and kirsch. Full bodied with silky textures, this sweet, spicy, ripe, intense wine is a great expression of California Syrah.

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2008 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 94

Cassis, blackberry, smoke, coca, truffle, tobacco and spice scents are easy to find In the mouth, this silky, refined, powerful wine feels lush. The tannic finish ends with cassis, licorice and blackberry sensations.

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2007 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 94

Clearly not a wine of power, this is all about the elegant nature, soft tannins, balance, lift and vivacity. There is a purity to the fruit that shines though, along with touches of toasty oak, licorice, smoke and black fruits. This is ready for prime time drinking today.

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One of the most elegant, styled Cabernet Sauvignon based wines from California. The wine is soft and aromatic, with licorice, espresso, blackberry jam, hints of blueberry and earth. This is not a wine for tasters desiring power, it's balanced, refined, and almost understated in character.

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2005 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 96

Drinking quite well, the wine is lushly textured, full bodied and concentrated with ripe, juicy, fleshy, blackberries, tobacco, wet earth and cherry tones. Fresh, vibrant, balanced and complex, this is really great for drinking for today.

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This fills your nose with smoke, truffle, cassis, chocolate and tobacco. Big, chewy, rich and concentrated, but suave and silky, the refined finish fills your mouth with layers of ripe, black fruit

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2004 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 95

As this is knocking on the door for the wines 10th birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on the wine. I love this style of Cabernet Sauvignon. It blends ripe fruits with soft textures, volume, depth and richness. There is an elegance and refinement to the layers of ripe, sweet, lush berries that make you want to return to the glass for another sip. This is in the right place today. There is no reason to age this any longer.

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2002 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 97

This tasty treat is probably close to its apogee. Rich, ripe, full bodied and concentrated, yet, balanced, restrained, harmonious and elegant, for my palate and bank, this is what I love about the best Napa Cabernet Sauvignon wines. It perfectly straddles the fence between classic and modern. The sweet fruits are perfectly ripe, yet nothing comes close to being over the top.

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It's hard not to love this wine, with its core of sweet, ripe, lush, dark fruits, velvety tannins and long, ripe, sweet, fleshy, elegant, fruit filled finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

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2002 Araujo is such a beautiful style of wine. Sadly, it’s moved well past my budget. But it’s hard to find something not to like about this wine. It’s packed with black licorice, ripe blackberry, plum, chocolate, vanilla, spice and wet forest aromas. The silky textures and ample layers of concentrated ripe, sweet, fresh fruit coat your mouth and palate for close to 50 seconds. This is drinking perfectly today.

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2001 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 95

This is at its absolute drinking peak. And at 19 years of age, for a California Syrah, that is already saying something. The wine is medium/full-bodied, refined, elegant and soft textured. Still displaying layers of sweet, spicy red fruits, earth, flowers and smoke, everything is in balance and harmony. It's nice to know these older Araujo Syrah wines can be picked relatively cheaply today.

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2001 Araujo Syrah Coffee, Blackberry jam, pepper, spice and earthy aromatics open to an elegant, suave, sophisticated wine that could pass for a Cote Roite in a blind tasting. This pure wine ends with jammy berries, licorice and hints of vanilla in the long finish.

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1997 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 93

Lacking the depth and concentration of the best vintages, this fully mature wine offers a tobacco, olive, blackberry and earthy nose. Medium/full bodied, soft and fresh, there is no reason to age this any longer.

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What a great style of California Cabernet Sauvignon. Refined, elegant, supple, yet ripe, concentrated and in balance, licorice, black cherry, earth, coffee and blackberry aromas work perfectly with the plush, ripe wine. This is drinking at or close to the peak. I would not wait to pop a bottle.

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1996 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 89

Hints of coffee, incense, spice, herbs and red fruits, the wine is medium bodied, short and tart in the finish.

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Light in color, with licorice, coffee bean, black cherry, earth and spicy notes. Medium bodied, fully mature, with an elegant, soft, oaky, red and black fruit filled finish. I would not age this any longer.

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1995 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 95

Olive tapenade, cherry, black truffle and coffee aromatics are easy to find on the nose. Soft, lush, sweet and round, the finish is all about the freshness in the ripe blackberry fruit, herbs and spice. This is fully mature and really singing today.

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Blackberry, truffle, smoke, olives, pipe tobacco, earth and flowers. This full bodied, concentrated,mature Napa Cabernet wine finishes with chocolate covered, blackberries.

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The complex perfume with notes of ripe dark fruit, spices, herbs and olives were the first thing you noticed. The full bodied, dense, silky palate presence and long plush, pure finish lasted over :40.

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Aromas of olives, black fruit, cassis and herbs jump from the glass. The palate enjoys a melange of fresh, ripe fruit and the finish must be close to a minute. This is packed and stacked with ripe fruit. This wine is full-bodied and powerful, but it has so much ripe fruit, it never feels heavy.

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1994 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 95

Fully mature, with olive, earth, spice, smoke and thyme accents that ride easily on top of the red fruits, there is a softness and elegance that easy to feel in the finish. There is no reason to hold this any longer.

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Tasting several years younger than its true age, the wine delivers a smoky, black cherry, olive and earthy nose, with a delicious, silky, smooth finish filled with fresh black plum and ripe black cherry notes. The wine was produced from a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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Smoke, licorice, cocoa powder, cassis, olive and fresh black cherries are found in the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is silky, soft, polished and pure. There is a lot to like about this stylish wine. While it lacks the same level of concentration found in the top wines of the 1994 vintage, it makes up for it with its velvety essence and pure fruits.

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While some of its baby fat has been lost, it’s picked up more complex nuances including an interesting olive note. This is a very rich and concentrated wine with a texture that has to be experienced

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1994 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Vieilles Vignes Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 94

Here is one of those unicorn wines I never thought I would taste. When compared to the regular cuvee, this is lighter, fresher, brighter and more acidic, with a pronounced, soft, sweet, cherry charm. Fully mature, this elegant, classic Cabernet Sauvignon was a treat to taste.

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