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2006 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley
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About Araujo Estate

Since 1990, Bart and Daphne Araujo have carried on the tradition of making monster Cabernets from the Eisele Vineyard, adding Syrah into the mix as well. Their flagship bottling is dense, powerful and rich, typically with soil-inflected notes of plum, mocha, tobacco and smoke, and very suave tannins.

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2006 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley

Producer: Araujo Estate
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2009

($110) Dark ruby-red. Black cherry, blueberry, scorched earth, spices and meat on the nose. Densely packed and imploded, with complex but reticent flavors of roasted plum, currant and mocha. A rather suave syrah but not yet showy. Finishes classically dry, with substantial dusty tannins that call for a couple years of cellaring.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by devitt14069623
I am usually not a huge fan of Syrah. I find them flirty but disappointing in the end; they are the college co-eds of the big reds. However, this bottle has resurrected my faith. Full of dried Bing cherry, unsweetened cacao, and blueberry (boysenberry, maybe?), this bottle has given me reason to attempt Syrah again. There's another taste note I can't distinuish. Maybe allspice? Ideas? Thank you, Araujo, for rockin' my palate!


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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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