Araujo was established 23 years ago by Bart and Daphne Araujo when they bought the historic Eisele Vineyard. The Eisele Vineyard was first planted over 125 years ago ( to Zinfandel and Riesling) and for the last 50 years has been planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards are farmed using organic and Biodynamic methods, keeping this legendary vineyard in the best condition possible. Araujo produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and occasionally Viognier from the Eisele Vineyard. They also produce a second Cabernet Sauvignon based red wine, Altagracia. The is a blend of Estate fruit and purchased fruit from Other Napa Valley Vineyards which Araujo has complete control over.In 2013, Bart and Daphne decided to sell. The property was bought the Pinault family and Groupe Artemis. The Pinault family own legendary Bordeaux First Growth Chateau Latour. There is no doubt that the 38 acres property is staying in good and capable hands. The future continues to look bright for this First Growth of California.
The amazing 2012 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Red Wine $129.99 has just arrived and we couldn't be happier. The wine is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 4% Malbec. The wine is bold and vibrant with incredible purity of fruit. Black and blue fruit with hints of red berry, Cassis, graphite and a touch of menthol. Cedar and vanilla wrap itself around the wine with great fervor. Tannins are very apparent but soft enough to approach this wine in the next couple of years.
"Araujo has long made some of the more restrained Cabernets in Napa Valley. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is one of the more Left Bank inflected wines in the estate's distinguished history. Beautifully layered and expressive, the 2011 graces the palate with exquisite finesse and total harmony. The 2011 isn't a huge, explosive wine like the 2010 or 2009, but it stands out for its exceptional length and vibrancy. Readers should not expect an obvious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I imagine the 2011 will still be marvelous at age 30, and I won't be surprised if it is one day regarded as one of the great, iconic wines of the vintage. The 2011 has been truly special since I started tasting the single blocks in the Spring of 2012. The blend is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. (96+) Antonio Galloni
"Top 100 Wines of 2014* Compelling aromas of black fruits such as brambleberries, plus blueberries and fresh mushrooms. Asphalt, too. Forest fruits. The tannins just melt into the wine as you taste it. Aristocratic and regal in style and length. A powdery, fascinating texture. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now, but better in 2017." James Suckling