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Araujo Estate Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 750ml
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Araujo Estate Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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At first, the nose reveals rose petal notes with a hint of peony, then it opens up with blackcurrant, dark cherry aromas and a pinch of licorice. The mouthfeel is unctuous and succulent with a savory black fruit sustained by tight tannins and a finish on blond tobacco notes. This may be the finest Altagracia to date, deeper and more concentrated than 2012, with a darker character and a great ageing poten- tial. It is in essence the more approachable little brother of the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
James Suckling
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Glorious aromas, like walking into a flower shop, from roses to lilacs. Lots of dark fruit too. Then goes to slate and dark mushroom. Full body, super refined tannins and refresh and ultra-clean finish. A thoroughly balanced and refined wine.

Wine Advocate
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As for the 2013 Proprietary Red Altagracia, the blend is slightly different, at 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. One of the finest Altagracias I've tasted to date, the color is saturated ruby/purple, much darker than the 2012 and the wine slightly less fragrant and more coiled tight. Yet, it is also more concentrated and promising. The wine is a heck of a second wine, but does require some patience. For now, deep, rich blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with floral notes (white flowers?), medium to full body and sweet tannin are all present in this relatively larger-scaled Altagracia than we've seen in the past (14.8% alcohol). The finish is long, still youthful and certainly approachable, but this wine will be better with 2-4 years bottle age and should keep for at least two decades.

Robert Parker, December 2015
Wine Spectator
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Charmingly supple and complex, with layers of earth- and mineral-laced currant and wild berry flavors. Impressive for the tender tannins, finishing clean and pure, if short. Drink now. 2,400 cases made.

James Laube, November 30, 2016
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Dark cherries, plums, graphite, licorice, black cherries, smoke and incense emerge from the 2013 Altagracia. The 2013 is quite a bit darker and riper than the 2012, but also firmer in its tannins and overall sense of structure. Here, too, quality is good, but not great.

Antonio Galloni, December 2014