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2009 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 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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2009 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley

Producer: Araujo Estate
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012

(bottled in September of 2011; 99% cabernet with homeopathic doses of cabernet and petit verdot):  Dark red-ruby.  Musky, deep nose offers crushed blackberry, cassis, graphite and coffee.  Wonderfully sweet and rich, displaying an uncanny combination of textural thickness and verve.  Strong crushed rock minerality gives this beauty an extremely youthful quality.  The very long, palate-staining finish features big but suave tannins and outstanding harmoniousness.  The pH of 3.73 is "not too high" for this consistently superb wine, says winemaker Nigel Kinsman.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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