Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a relatively powerful statement from the new owners. Dense ruby/purple in color, with an exceptional nose of crème de cassis, a touch of mulberry and spice. The oak is completely obscured by the lavish, concentrated, ripe fruit and multi-dimensional mid-palate that expands beautifully, but with no sense of heaviness. The wine is rich and full-bodied, but with velvety tannin and stunning purple and black fruits. This is a beauty, with savoriness that's hard to articulate. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds. This is a beauty that's velvety, opulent and capable of drinking well now or in 25 to 30+ years.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is incredibly primary at this stage, largely the result of late malolactic fermentations. Still, there is gorgeous volume on the mid-palate and finish, all supported by firm yet polished tannins. All the elements are in place for the 2012 to develop into a splendid wine, but it needs time, and lots of it. The purity and texture of the fruit alone is striking. The 2012 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. According to winemaker Nigel Kinsman, at this stage it appears no other varieties will be added to the blend.
This delivers a gorgeous mix of rich, vibrant blackberry, wild berry, currant and cassis flavors, taut and firm, with chewy tannins and dusty, cedary earth details on the finish. Ends with a burst of black licorice and graphite. Drink now through 2030. 1,500 cases made.