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2012 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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2012 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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93-96 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(the new team here recently finalized the blend):  Bright ruby.  High-pitched floral and medicinal notes perk up aromas of blackberry and cassis.  Densely packed and sweet, but with a delightfully sappy quality and juicy, integrated acidity enlivening the middle palate.  Sugar and phenolic ripeness were neck-and-neck at the time of the 2012 harvest, noted winemaker Nigel Kinsman.  Very intense, long wine with noble tannins taking a back seat to the fruit today.

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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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