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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.
92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(blended with 4% viognier; the grapes were harvested on August 23 and 24, according to winemaker Nigel Kinsman): Good red-ruby. Restrained but complex nose hints at musky raspberry, tobacco, Brazil nut, crushed rock, smoke and pepper. Suave, smoky and fine-grained in the mouth, with an enticing sweetness nicely supported by ripe acids. Spreads out to saturate the mouth on the long finish, which features smooth tannins and a firm spine of acidity. I like the influence of the cooler vintage here, as this wine shows more convincing varietal character than in warmer years.