Community Tasting Notes (71) Avg Score: 94.5 points

  • Unfortunately this bottle was not in the mood - a real shame because a previous bottle opened last year was showing very well. In this case there were some hints of crushed blackberries and a touch of chocolate fudge but it kind of came and then went. The 01's should be drinking nicely nice as per the above comment and from tasting through some of Bond's portfolio.

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  • Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, French new oak and dark currants on the nose. The wine was very restrained tonight. The wine was very powerful and juicy, but the palate did not really open up. It's still too young to drink now. Maybe this one is an off bottle.

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  • Amazingly rich, still very young, very fruit driven, black berries, vanilla. Great stuff!

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  • double-decanted, uncorked 2 hours. deep purple still, w/nominal lightening at the margin; expansive, ripe, black currant essence, blackberry cobbler, toasted spice, iron filings; full-bodied, yet lithe; cassis liqueur, grilled black plums, intense & concentrated, cocoa powder-like bitterness, iron ore, refined yet still sturdy tannins, long, long on the finish. this bottle is showing young. (w/2002 Araujo & 2009 Abreu Madrona)

    wild venison tenderloin, juniper berry & pomegranate glace; seared brussel sprouts w/roasted carrots, maple bacon & walnuts; butternut-parsnip puree w/brown butter & buttermilk

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  • Rich, delicious black cherry fruit, cedar flavors, excellent structure, fruit tight and restrained, ample tannins and acidity, good depth, medium finish

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  • No decant

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  • Wow! One of those wines, everyone looks up and says what is this wine? Not yet at its middle age, dark, purple, chocolate, and vanilla, dark cherry, tobacco, etc. Rich feel on the palate and lengthy finish. Kudos.

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  • Dinner at home with C's (Singapore): C brought half of a bottle which had seen some Coravin. Tried double blind. Dark garnet with a translucent rim, earth, ripe dark fruit with a a slight burned note, a touch of pencil lead. Guessed left bank Bdx, 2003, Pauillac or rather St. Julien, and then settled on Montrose 2003, a wine I am yet to try. 93-94
    Went back to the little left over at the bottom of the bottle after dinner, and this was showing even better with a now beautifully layered palate. Could also not detect the slight burned bitterness anymore it had immediately upon opening. Outstanding wine. 95-96

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  • Nice bottle of wine. Enjoyed it on my birthday with filet mignon and garlic mashed potatoes. Popped and tasted and could tell it needed some air time. Let it breathe about 2 hours in a cabernet decanter and tasted again. Definitely opened up. Nice nose of cabernet scents and full body and smooth in the taste. Boysenberry and black raspberry in the taste with hints of licorice, black plum, and mocha. Long aftertaste. Wine is drinking smooth and well with no overpowering flavors.

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  • A classic from one of the great vineyards in Napa. Very dark purple. Reserved nose of dark fruit, cassis, bbq meat and a hint of plum and some floral notes. On the palate this is very dense and tightly woven, very precise. Tannins are soft but there are lots of it. Good balance, not heavy, really well done. Can add a point or two if complexity further increases with a age. If you are used to drinking youngish Bordeaux, no problem to drink this now, otherwise wait 3-4 more years for the Cabernet to further soften with age. Decant it for 2h at the moment. Very impressive CabSav.

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  • youthful. jammy. fully body. silky texture. long finish.
    excellent

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  • Smooth silky Napa cab with lovely dark fruit flavors with notes of boysenberries, blakc currants and dark spices. Finishes smooth and full with some mineral notes but lacks much complexity. I don't know if this is in middle-age and just needs more time but it's missing the usual fireworks I expect from aged Eisele. 90?

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  • Deep red color. Aromas of black fruits, vanilla, coffee and wood spices. Ripe, well-structured fruit in the mouth with excellent depth and length and well integrated, ripe tannins. Even after 90 minutes of decanting, however the wine was still dominated by new oak. In that sense, I was disappointed. Try again in 5 years!

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  • Old world nose, elegant and beautiful finish

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  • A really thick and powerful vintage for this wine with loads of black fruit flavors along with strong hints of coffee, charcoal, black licorice and minerals. Needed a good two-three hours decant to begin to open up. Finishes deeply concentrated with strong notes of bitter chocolate and minerals. This baby borders on over-the-top but I think gets away with it. It also really needs time given the size of the wine and the powerful but ripe tannins. Given the Eisele vineyard's uncanny ability to unfold over time, I will hold the rest of my bottles for several more years.

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  • very similar to the '00, just great

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  • Deep color with no signs of amber. Reticent nose but after a couple hours decanted it had more typical cab nose. Good fruit with plenty of tannins and a long way to go it would seem.

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  • WOW! It was Valentine's Day, so it could be that. But delicious. My partner and I had this with dinner.

    This is why this is one of the original cult cabs from Napa. Gorgeous nose that continues through the drinking experience. Has great across the palate - front, middle and back. Nice dark fruit, and the right oak. YUM

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  • Very odd. Pop and pour last night from a 375 and it was closed and tannic. Poured it back, pumped, opened again tonight after letting it sit for a few hours. Absolutely gorgeous! Lots of ripe fruit left, good balance, and a very long finish with chocolate on the end. RP had it right: Power and elegance. One of the best Cabernets I have had in a very long time. Ready to go from the half bottle, but will hold on for many years.

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  • Very elegant, not like a Napa wine, except for its slight sweetness.It's quite good drinking now, but I will say I should keep it for another decade to obtain better performance.

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  • Drank at my daughter's wedding.
    Jumping Jack Flash, it was a gas.
    Delightful.
    Delicious.
    Delectable.

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  • From a mag (thx, CB): lived up to the legend right out of the bottle, led by a beautiful and astonishingly complex nose blending dark pit fruit, a touch of oak and occasional mocha aromoas. Served a touch warm for my taste having been kept in the trunk for a few hours, the palate still impressed with its balance and finesse -- this is not a showy wine, just really well crafted. A touch sweet, and lighter than I expected given all the "classic Napa cab" comments I've seen. Chewy tannins, very well integrated. 45-second finish. Not a touch of heat despite the high (14.3%) alcohol content.

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  • The Big Sendoff; 9/15/2012-9/16/2012 (The Home of Dave L): This is a great wine. Big fruit forward nose of black currants, spice an sweet cedar notes. Palate was well polished, with more black fruits, fine polished focused tannins and a tobacco notes that adds a bit of sweetness Lengthy fruit filled finish, but well poised and fresh. This is in an in between stage with ripe forward fruit and tertiary mature notes, but is still a fantastic wine that should continue to improve over the net 5-10yrs. Seamless and polished.

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  • a def winner! would buy it again for sure

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  • Sweet, delicious, perfectly balanced. Violets, brown sugar, licorice and an exquisite, very long aftertaste.

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  • A little closed down or is it fading? Nicely aged, somewhat soft Cab, subdued fruit, nice balance, but I was expecting something bigger, even though it's 11 years old. Takes me back to my original ? - closed down or beginning to fade?

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  • Epic Wine Dinner at Bourbon Steak (Washington DC): The wine opens with sweet black currant and licorice, followed by riverbed and loam. On the palate, the wine isn't nearly as concentrated as it smells, and seems a bit closed down.

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  • - Garnet color and aromas of bell pepper and black currant. It's balanced and has flavours of black currant with a medium/full body. Round texture with a long finish - Drank in italy.

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  • Dark red to rim, decanted for 2 hours - developed an intense nose of ripe fruit, cassis, hints of road tar. Medium-full body, ripe layered lush fruit, good balance, well-integrated tannins, long finish, outstanding. Has years to go.

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  • Definitely something wrong with this one, which is a shame. It looks like the culprit was VA in this one, as the fruits were muted and the middle palate was almost chemical/plasticized. Was looking forward to this one. Left it in the glass throughout dinner and it did not improve over time.

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  • Heavy palatte; Dark; Opens nicely in the glass; Big wine; Classic Napa

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  • Young wine and needs lots of decanting at this stage. We decanted for 45 minutes
    Oh lord the nose on this wine. Big opulent, fruit, some oak in the background but such a beautiful deep nose. I think we spent 10minutes just smelling this before we even came close to tasting. Dark, deep red, young colour. On the palate it feels young, not austere, but young. Powerful yes, high alchohol yes (14.3) but nothing feels out of balance or overdone. Very elegant. Very Very nice and even bordeaux freeks like Andreas loved this wine with no reservations. 95-96 at the moment but given time this could well be a 98-99+. Needs another 5yrs min.

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  • This seemed to have everything in place but remains quite young yet.
    Plush, dark, brooding. Rich notes of tobacco and dark fruit with a big
    almost jammy mouth. Clearly well made juice which either needs more time
    or air to enjoy properly..

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  • A fond going away dinner (HB Home Bistro, Chicago IL): nose: very rich and ripe with big tones of new oak, anise, black cherries, black currants and dark red cherries. Good depth but also very ripe and over the top

    taste: full bodied with chewy tannins and ripe tones of anise, chocolate, black cherries, black currants and a good amount of new oak. The feel is very plush and plump

    overall: this really wasn't my style. It was also right at the end of the night and I didn't have that much time with it

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  • Drank w 01 bond matriarch, which had more sweet cabernet fruit vs araujo which had (I think) 25% cab franc, adding darker bitter (in a good way) characteristics. The matriarch was sweet and delicious, while the araujo was more austere and elegant. Both wines drinking very well now. No signs of fading. Different wines - both fab.

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  • Opened, decanted for sediment and aerated for 7 hours. This falls into my sexy wine category, but sadly, not into my fine wine category. I say sadly, because I paid upwards of $200. Michelle Rolland's handiwork is all over this thing - creamy, plush, inviting, caressing...repeat. I admit, a part of me allowed myself to enjoy this guilty pleasure, but at the end of the day, I know what to expect with Araujo wines - too uniform, lacking a real sense of complexity and/or place. After a proper decant, these wines don't seem to improve in the glass, they just linger, albeit fairly pleasantly, then slowly fall off. Also, I don't see the structure for extended cellaring. Will it last another decade, sure, but it'll be the best decade it has, then downhill. It's drinking on point now with a good 3+ hr decant, or wait another 5 years - it'll get even softer, with some secondary characteristics probably in the fore by then. 14,4% abv, drink thru 2020

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  • Open about an hour before drinking, but no decant. This is much better than the bottle a year ago - rich red color. On the nose, chocolate, dark cherries and oak. Palate follows with dark cherries and chocolate on the attack, with oak and tannins hitting the midpalate, and all the flavors and textures coming together on the medium finish. This is pretty oaky, but it works well with this wine. While I don't think it's worth the price, an excellent wine. Still some time left, but no reason to wait. 5+13+17+7.

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  • Just love this wine. More old school than new school. Birthday dinner with Matt at Dels.

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  • Still had lots of bottle time. Opened up well after about an hour.

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  • Very similar to the 01, perhaps a bit tighter, less expansive, but showed the same silky elegance

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  • 89;78. Decanted 2 hours. Very nice looking. Extremely thick on the glass. Restrained nose, not really fruity but lots of power and dark toast, minerals and a lurking sweetness. Rich mouthfeel but not the flamboyancy we normally expect from Araujo. Perfect balance. Dark licorice and meaty flavors. Getting better and better - best after 6 hours.

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  • Outstanding....

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  • Very disappointing. Decanted for an hour and a half. Never showed signs of opening. Began to fall apart after two hours. Think the bottle had spoiled since it was not well handled and the cork broke on extraction. Not corked though.

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  • Deep color that shows no signs of this wine peaking. Nose of red licorice, sweet cigar smoke and mint. Dark, red fruit is pervasive on the palate. Coffee and Pomegranate as well. The tannins are sweet and soft. The finish is long. This is a beautiful, elegant wine that will continue to improve in the cellar. Could be mistaken for a first-growth Bordeaux. Glad I have a magnum in the cellar. . .

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  • The nose showed aromas of cherries, tobacco, earth, and cedar. The palate had black/red fruit flavors with notes of dark chocolate, dusty earth and a little hint of mint. Full bodied with great mouthfeel and a long finish. This was my WOTN, and a really pleasant surprise to get to taste it tonight.

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  • ok. I started collecting Araujo and read that it was a long hold. Well finally I broke down and cracked open this 2001 with my bud at Bones in Atlanta. Not disapponted. This is a knockout wine. Intensep and deep flavor, somewhat restrained in style which means that is has many more years to develop. This wine is like the woman you love and never want to leave. Wish I had a cellar full, price be damned.

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  • Some of the flamboyant Araujo style but a bit more restrained with darker, earthier notes. Very impressive. Very intense flavors but not as much the normal cassis, but darker blackberries, black cherries. Nice Asian Spices, cedar and cinnamon. Minerals and burning embers. Long aftertaste. More serious and less delicious than we are used to.

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  • Decanted about an hour. Color had just a slight rusty tinge to it, mostly ruby and clear. Nose is restrained, and never really opened up over a couple hours of drinking, with some red fruits and chocolate. Palate follows the nose, with red fruit and chocolate on the attack into the midpalate, with smooth and fully integrated tannins hitting on the medium/long finish. Mouthfeel is incredibly silky and is the best thing about this wine. Overall, I'm pretty disappointed in this wine, especially given its $200+ price point. Nothing not to like, but lacks the extraction and complexity I would expect for a top Cali cab - given how muted everything seems to be, maybe it's slightly corked so I hope my remaining bottle is better. I don't think this will get any better with age. 5+12+16+6.

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  • Almost enough to get me to drink California Cabs again. Nice nose, opens beautifully after several hours, great sweet fruits, paired well with Steck.

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  • Beautifully balanced wine with sweet red fruits and just the right amount of wood. Decanted for two hours. Really starts to sing by the third hour as the bold tannins loosen up. The wine can definitely age more but it's a treat now. One of my favorites of the year so far.

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  • the nose is absolutely intoxicating. dark red fruits and black cherry. definitely black pepper, cigar box, and leather. on the palate...it's still a little tight but i have every confidence that this bad boy will open up nicely. good tannic structure that is perfectly integrated at this point. hints of mint chocolate and red fruit. actually now that i am really thinking about it, there is a lingering finish of spice and dark chocolate. color is the perfect color of garnet for a wine of this age. i think if the palate matched the nose i would have to give it a 98-99 rating. but i am certainly not complaining. A++

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  • one of the best of the '01 cabs I've tried so far, second only to the Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To-Kalon. wonderful tight fruit and a long intense finish. paired perfectly with my NY steak. doesnt get much better than this in napa, bordeaux, or anywhere else.

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  • Drank 2 bottles with dinner at La Folie so the notes are from memory both bottles were identical: Tasted bottle bottles after opening, and they were both really tight, but outstanding. Tons of fruit, but very well balanced, all wrapped up in a very tight ball. Double decanted for about 4 hours. Upon serving, the wine had definitely opened up a bit, flavors of current, cherry and raspberrery, again not over the top or in your face. A pretty good food wine for a big napa cab. I do have one complaint though, after about 2 hours of drinking (probably 6 after opening) the wine started to fall apart a bit. The alcohol showed through much more than I would have liked and the wine became a bit harsh. Those were the last few sips though, so I don't really hold it against the wine too much.

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  • Drank at home tasting with 5 other cabs, it won hands down. Decanted for and hour, it was tight coming out of the bottle. Nicely opened after an hour, the most impressive quality to me was the complexity and huge finish. Strong tannins but well integrated. While a big, bold cab statement, in the pallet notes of red berry fruit, cocoa, mint, coffee and more swirled around exploding here and there and everywhere. Then there was the finish, epically long and even after the full swallow, the taste echoed and echoed for more than a minute. Perfect as it was drank over two to three hours, then started to drop off just a bit. This is a world class Napa Cab that provided a delight to us all.

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  • Hate to be a homer cause I brought this wine, but it's so intoxicating. In the decanter for 3 hours, had it open at 80% full for another hour and a half. If you don't give it alot of air , it really doesn't show it's stuff. Ridiculously deep and dark berries with spiced cocoa on the nose, you can't stop smelling it cause the nose is so alive and vibrant. Really strong and rich ripe red berries mixed with a spice box, refreshing vanilla bean, and hints of coffee. Well built with a great acidity and soft tannins. This wine has not hit it's peak, it will only get better in the coming years. My favorite 01 in California so far.

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  • This a really big, balanced and beautiful Araujo that is aging gracefully. Flavors of black licorice, black currants and mocha float across the palate accompanied by strong but velvety tannins. While the alcohol is high, the wine remains elegant and rich but not over the top. Great to drink now but will be even better in a couple more years when the tannins fully resolve. 93+

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  • Dark fruit, cherry, berries, cedar, anise, firm intagrated tannins, perfect balance on the expresso bean finish.

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  • Dave Nerland's California Cult Tasting (Backstreet Wine Salon, Phoenix): Tasting of black cherry, pepper and blackcurrant. Elegant mid palate and finish. Firm tannins with plenty of charred oak. Needs more time to really come together.

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  • Decanted 3+ hours; tasted side-by-side with the 2000. Serious, dark, brooding, and delicious. Dark, concentrated essence of crushed blackberries. More of a black fruit profile than the 2000. Intense flavors of coffee, toasty oak, black licorice, dark chocolate, and smoke/earth. Terrific structure and impeccably balanced acidity. Substantial velvety tannins on the finish. This is gorgeous now but needs a few more years to really strut its stuff.

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  • Amazing. Can't go wrong Araujo.

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  • I hate to be the bad guy but I think there’s a little bit of score inflation going on. I tasted the 2001, 2002 and 2003 in an Araujo vertical and came away thinking, “those were pretty good Cal Cabs.” Then I discovered their 300+ price range. I was even further taken aback after reading the high scores by the three biggies (RP, WS and ST). I’m so glad I didn’t know this going in. Don’t get me wrong; these are well-structured, well-crafted wines with lots of character but 100 point wines they are not (Parker 2002). I would put them in the 92 to 94 range. Why, because I’ve tasted wines like the 2000 Pavie, 1996 Mouton, 1989 Lynch and the Araujos have about one-half the complexity, character and staying power of these great Bordeaux wines. I am so glad I tried these wines without knowing their pedigree.

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  • this wine was a little rough, but smoothed out after about an hour in a decanter. It was a nice cabernet, but not particularily deep or with mch richness. the balance was very good. Given the cost this may be a candidate to sell, although it would be worth trying in another 2 years.

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  • Big bodied and rich but still with a very good structure and a restrained elegance. Very serious wine; spicy nose with smoke and licorice. Dark, intense black currant both on nose and palate. The finish has lots of black currant, some bitterness and a touch of heat, and the aftertaste is very long with black currants, tarragon and smoke, Quite tannic and hard, but with the fruit to back it up. Not an ingratiating wine but excellent. Will be even better in a few years. Very impressive. 97 points

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  • Decanted 3 hours.

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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Tasting (Bentley Hotel London): 96CS, 4CF, 14.4%alc, 1615 cases.
    Again slightly closed, younger but also much bigger structure with more solid tannins, very full fruity style, not overripe but complex with a touch of saline and spice (also a faint whiff of VA)

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  • 2001 Cults (Plus some extras) from Delyap & Tommy 'O (Vancouver): This wine is beautiful ansd smooth with candied fruit and a hint of mint. Really nice. Strong wine. Leaning more towards the red fruit than the black fruit side of things. Decent acid twang lifts the mouth and finish. The group had this 5th of 13.

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  • I had this Saturday night @ the 3rd Annual VC dinner.

    Decanted and tasted several times over a 2+ hour time period. I agree with lcc, this wine is very young and needs time. It was muted at first, but began to open up around the 2 hour mark. I'm glad to have 2 bottles left and definitely won't be touching this one for a while.

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  • The Mother of All Cult-Cab Tastings 2001 (TMOACCT) (Seattle, WA): Wow, this is stunning with supremely nuanced and complex aromatics already. The nose is smoky showing charcoal and cassis with sweet notes interplaying beautifully with earthy notes. The palate is dark and brooding, liqueur-like, with fantastic structure and nothing overextracted or heavy. This was my highest scored wine of the tasting, although when asked to pick an overall favorite I re-tasted this next to the 2001 Pavie and preferred the Pavie.

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  • Full red/purple. Medium candied aroma of red fruit. Really wonderfull mouthful of rich red fruit with a hint of anise on the long finish. 94 pts. 11/04

    Meduim aroma of toasty coffee and some feint black fruit. Very nice but tight fruit. Nice, but needs time to unwind. 94 pts. eBob tasting 3/05

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  • Tasted at Biodynamic growers tasting NYC. Very classy nose. Velvety palate with coarse tannins. Walks the line well between being elegant and rich.

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  • fresh, floral, delicious

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