Located in the Calistoga AVA of the northern Napa Valley, Araujo was founded in 1990 by Bart and Daphne Araujo by the purchase of land in 1990 from Milt and Barbera Eisele, which included the 38 acre Eisele Vineyard. In 2013 the estate was purchased by Francois Pinault becoming part of the Artemis group and shortly thereafter was renamed Eisele Vineyard Estate.
The Eisele vineyard was first planted to Riesling and Zinfandel in the 1880s but these vines were replaced by Cabernet Sauvignon in 1964.
The Eisele vineyard has been farmed organically since 1998 and by 2002 the farming was certified as Biodynamic by Demeter.
Since its founding the Araujos employed some of the best winemakers in California, including Tony Soter and Mia Klein and Michel Rolland as consultant.
About 2,000 cases per year of Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon are produced.
Dense rich and enormously concentrated mixing power with finesse. Pure ripe riveting aromas of blackberry blueberry currant sage cedar espresso and mocha lead to a full-bodied palate firming beautifully on the finish where the flavors glide along and gain traction. Drink now through 2028. 1392 cases made.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is breathtaking. Everything is in the right place in this dazzling superb Cabernet Sauvignon. Layers of dark fruit plums camphor licorice and espresso emerge from this effortless gracious wine. The integration of fruit tannin and French oak (100% new) is simply phenomenal. There is a dark brooding quality to the 2008 that is immensely appealing. This is a stunning wine from Araujo. The 2008 is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. This is a great showing from Bart and Daphne Araujo and their team headed by consultant Francoise Peschon and winemaker Nigel Kinsman. The Araujo wines are defined by their distinctive elegance and overall finesse. Earlier this year I had a chance to taste a number of wines from the Eisele vineyard made in the 1970s before the Araujos bought the vineyard that showed the inherent greatness of this Calistoga site. Naturally the Cabernet Sauvignon gets most of the attention here but I find the Syrah almost as compelling. It is easily one of the finest Syrahs being made in Napa Valley. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard had just been bottled a few weeks prior to my visit. I tasted two bottles but neither was particularly forthcoming. I will report on the 2009 in a few months once the wine has had a chance to settle down. Readers interested in learning more about the estate may want to take a look at my two-part interview with Bart and Daphne Araujo on www.erobertparker.com Tel. (707) 942-6061 Published: Dec 22 2011
Our host very graciously adds the 2008 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard a fabulous contribution as it allows us to explore another vintage and one of Napa Valley?s most important vintages. At age 15 the 2008 remains quite young. I am surprised to see a bit more sweet oak character here than in some of the younger wines in the tasting perhaps a reflection of the preferences of that era. Even so the 2008 offers up plenty of Eisele character in its dark fruit leather tobacco espresso scorched earth and spice flavors. The balance here is not as perfect as it can be in the very best vintages perhaps a lingering reminder of a season marked by drought frost and heat during bloom but then much more favorable conditions through the end of summer and into harvest. The 2008 was one of the first young vintages I tasted at Araujo. It?s great to revisit it on this evening. - By Antonio Galloni on July 2023v