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2003 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Previously $500)

SKU #1087293 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Absolutely superb, this 2003 is drinking beautifully. This blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot from the famous hillside Eisele Vineyard in northeast Napa Valley tips the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol. Gorgeously fresh black currant and black raspberry notes intermixed with spring flowers and forest floor jump from the glass from one of the most aromatically complex wines of the vintage. Medium to full-bodied with sweet fruit, velvety, melted, integrated tannin, a round, generous mouthfeel and no evidence of oak, this is a classy, elegant as well as substantial beauty that continues to age well. It may even be superior to Araujo’s 2002, which, on paper, is a better vintage. The seductive, alluring 2003 should remain at this level for another 5-8 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. Bravo! (RP)  (6/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, toffee, mocha and flowers. Dense, lush and sweet, with fruit flavors complicated by game, mocha and brown spices. This offers lovely harmony and finishes very suave and very long, with an enticing fruit/tannin balance. Likely to age well. (ST) 94+  (6/2006)

93 points Decanter

 The 2003 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet is an expressive wine with a projected bouquet of blackcurrant pastilles, black raspberry, spring flowers, creamy new oak and some subtle notes of scorched earth. It's expansive and sappy, laden with juicy fruit. This is a real success in this vintage. (WK)  (6/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Wonderfully executed ripe cherry and currant-laced fruit is shaded by spicy, toasty oak that picks up hints of mocha and espresso. Avoids excessive ripeness and is well-balanced, with a long finish that shows firm, structured tannins and a touch of mineral. *Collectibles* (JL)  (11/2006)

K&L Notes

98 points Wine Advocate: "One of the candidates for 'wine of the vintage,' the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard represents 1,600 cases produced from a 40-acre vineyard, which tells you how Draconian Araujo’s selection process is. The final blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot has resulted in a beautifully pure wine displaying an extraordinary floral, black currant, and mineral-scented bouquet, with no hint of new oak. The purity, richness and full-bodied power yet surreal finesse and impeccable balance should be cherished by wine lovers. This beauty can be drunk now and over the next two decades. Wow! (RP)" (12/2006)


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