2011 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah

SKU #1176903 94 points James Suckling

 This shows a more hermitage blueberry and dark-fruit character, plus slate, minerals and black pepper. Full body with racy tannins and a long, long. Slippery texture, like candle wax.  (3/2015)

94 points Vinous

 The 2011 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is rich, dense, textured and also incredibly primary. Smoke, tar, game, black pepper, plum and licorice notes emerge, but only with great reluctance. The 2011 remains intense and resonant in its fruit, but also very young, somber and almost raw. Readers will have to give the 2011 at least a few years in bottle. Once again, Araujo's Eisele Syrah is incredibly distinctive and intense. The 2011 was fermented with 10-15% whole clusters, with a splash of Viognier. According to vineyard manager Caleb Mosley Syrah was the least problematic variety in 2011, as all the fruit came in before the rains. (AG)  (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 An exciting, vibrant Syrah, intense and deeply flavored, offering rich dark berry, spice, roasted herb and hot stone sensations that are sharply focused but also quite tannic and chewy. (JL)  (3/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium-dark red. Aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and cocoa powder. Dense, spicy and nicely concentrated, with brisk acidity framing the black raspberry, blackberry and spice flavors. Finishes with tongue-dusting but sweet tannins and a light peppery quality that provides grip without coming off as green. (ST)  (6/2014)

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