2009 Araujo "Altagracia" Estate Napa Valley Red

SKU #1091959 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Altagracia is a rich, textured wine layered with perfumed red fruit. Ripe, silky tannins frame the long, exceptional finish. The 2009 impresses for its breadth and volume, all while maintaining a very classic profile. The delineation of the 2008 is missing, but in exchange readers will find a soft, supple wine loaded with class. In 2009 the blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.  (12/ 2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (66% cabernet sauvignon, 10% each merlot and petit verdot, 8% cabernet franc and 6% malbec): Ruby-red. Cassis, blueberry, licorice and violet on the nose, with hints of dusty earth and leather. Lush and plump in the mouth, with a slightly medicinal character to the savory dark berry and mocha flavors. I'd peg this right between Old World and New. Nicely integrated acidity and broad, dusty tannins energize the persistent chocolatey finish. Very harmonious for this second wine.  (5/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This Bordeaux blend is the second wine from Araujo's Eisele Vineyard is still a rare treat in its own right. Most often sourced from younger vines, Altagracia is a blend that Araujo feels still deserves a special designation and carries a distinction of fruit that is ready to drink at a younger age than the Eisele Vineyard. Altagracia is harvested and vinified in every manner just the same as the first wine.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/3/2012  | Send Email
An extraordinary wine. I tasted this at a recent panel of Napa Valley sommeliers that brought their favorite Napa Valley wines. I have it noted that I need to check out their vineyard the next time I am up there. The depth and complexity in this wine is lead by the ripe and seductive cabernet that has been blended with traditional Bordeaux varietals. This wine is meant to drink now, and is truly a special bottle.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8