Red

1997 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2003 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 118

  • wdcwineguys Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 4, 2021 - Denancted for 30. A small amount of sediment. Nose of red cherry, light tobacco, licorice. Surprised at how much fruit is still present. Silky smooth tannins. This wine is amazing, but could easily go another 5+ in this condition. Cork was a little brittle, but bottle and wine condition was excellent.

  • akoe Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 3, 2021 - Tasted blind. Lovely nose with a mix of dark and red fruit, licorice, dark cherries, and violets. Medium acidity with quite resolved tannins, velvety mouthfeel, again red and dark cherries, and some sweeter fruit notes towards the back of the palate. Nice finish. Drinking very well right now and very interesting to try it!

  • nywine68 wrote: 94 points

    October 31, 2020 - Bottle in great shape with perfect cork. Nice freshness and acidity, with beautiful complex red and black fruit. Light on its feet but with plenty of depth of flavor. Tannins are very fine and perfectly integrated. Signature Eisele complexity with olives, mushrooms and prunes.

  • FoinZap wrote: 90 points

    August 9, 2020 - Decanted and poured. Color has dark pink and orange-y tints, yellow edges. Nose is earthy and a bit smoky, old world vibe. Mouth feel is very dry, palate is pencil lead, wood, smoke, some secondary strawberry, surprising absence of fruit. Really highlights the importance of vintage, as the 1999 and 2008 vintages are two of my favorite bottles, and this one is underwhelming.

  • datorr Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 21, 2020 - Another venison stew, and another perfectly matched mature Cab. Still have snow in the mountains so it all seems appropriate. Lovely bottle and drinking just right.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

    (Araujo Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/3/2015 (link) 95 points

    (Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard) Dark red violet color; maturing, black currant, blackberry nose; rich, delicious, black currant, berry syrup palate; long finish 95+ points

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    1/6/2003 (link)

    (Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon) Telltale nose of spicy chocolate, mocha, wool, candied cherries. Fat, glyceril, and very concentrated on the palate with the dominant flavors being spicy chocolate with some cherries, currant and raspberry sneaking in there. Definetly the thickest wine of the night needing some age. Still, a very enjoyable drink. This is the quintessential California Cab. Ripe as hell, dense, oak, and Cali terroir shining through.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Araujo Estate
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Eisele Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,525 (59%)
  • Consumed 1,055 (41%)

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