2010 Araujo "Altagracia" Estate Napa Valley Red
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Altagracia is surprisingly huge in this vintage. Layers of exotic black fruit, spices, mocha and espresso burst onto the palate with striking depth, power and richness. There is an immediacy to the 2010 that is simply compelling. No longer a true second wine, Altagracia now also includes a small amount of purchased fruit and is being crafted to stand on its own. The 2010 achieves that, and so much more. It is a fabulous effort from the team at Araujo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025+. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good dark red. Expressive aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, tobacco, hot stones, brown sugar and cedary oak. Sweet and fine-grained in the mouth, with sexy chocolate and mocha notes adding appeal. Spreads out generously on the ripely tannic aftertaste. A very impressive vintage for this bottling.
Altagracia is a Bordeaux-style blend made from grapes sourced both from the winery's estate Eisele Vineyard and from contracted vineyards in the Napa Valley. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec.