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Eisele Vineyards

Since 1971, some of California's most age worthy and intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignons have been made from grapes grown at the Eisele Vineyard, located on an alluvial fan near the northern end of the Napa Valley, just east of Calistoga. Protected by the Palisades Mountains to the north and cooled by westerly breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap, this 38-acre vineyard is planted on well-drained cobbly soils that produce a low yielding crop of exceptionally concentrated fruit.
 
The wines produced in this remarkable place have a rare combination of forthright character with precisely defined flavors and fine textures, deep concentration without any sense of heaviness, and the capacity to develop profound complexity with age. The Eisele Vineyard was originally planted in the 1880s to Zinfandel and Riesling, and has been under vine continuously since then. The first Cabernet was planted in 1964.
 
2013, Araujo Sauvignon Blanc Pris: 800,00 DKK
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The warm spring of 2013 brought few frosts, but also exceptionally little rain. These condi- tions resulted in small berry sizes giving excellent flavor concentration and structure to the wine. Similar to 2012, the 2013 summer provided optimal growing conditions, which helped facilitate another bountiful crop. The early harvest of perfectly-ripened Sauvignon Blanc clusters began in the last days of August on the East-facing Eisele Vineyard slope, and contin- ued at an easy pace through September 7. Fermentations and elevage were conducted in a combination of stainless steel, French oak, and concrete egg vessels. The grapes are certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
Tasting Notes
Technical Director Helene Mingot notes: “The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc has evolved beautifully during its extra year in the caves, and the extended elevage is expressed in the added energy, tension, and texture of the wine. The complex layers of citrus and tropical fruits give way to an exultant, persistent mineral finish. Future vintages of this cellar-worthy white wine of the Araujo Estate will continue to benefit from our new regimen of patience in the cellar.”
Grape Source
100% Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.3% Total Acid: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.3
Release date: March 4, 2015
2014, Eisele Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc Pris: 800,00 DKK
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While winter rainfall in Napa Valley was half the normal amount, heavy rains in March deeply soaked the Eisele Vineyard soils immediately before emergence of the first shoots, stimulating humification and healthy vine growth. Warm weather without frosts led to one of the earliest bud breaks on record. Bloom was two weeks earlier than in 2013, and fast, homogenous flowering ensured good fruit set. Mild July weather allowed slow ripening of the grapes, which progressed rapidly during August heat to early, complete maturity. Harvest started August 18th and the last parcel of Sauvignon Blanc was picked on August 28th. The fruit was fresh and very aromatic, with bright acidity.
The grapes are certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
The wines were aged on their lees for 12 months, in a combination of stainless steel (30%), concrete eggs (25%), used oak (30%) and new oak (15%).
Tasting Notes
Nose is shy at first with a whiff of flint stone, then it opens up to a perfume of bright white musk giving place to grapefruit and passion fruit notes, with a twist of basil leaf. The mouthfeel is round, savory with flavors of candied citrus and coriander accompanied by a hint of vanilla lingering in a crisp and mineral finish.
Grape Source
68% Sauvignon Blanc Musque 32% Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
585 cases made
Alcohol: 14.3% Release date: March 9, 2016
2016, Eisele Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc Pris: 800,00 DKK
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Bottled in June 2016, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc gives up intense white peaches, grapefruit and lemon tart notes with hints of dried herbs, struck match, baker’s yeast and fresh hay. Medium-bodied, the palate lends a lovely satiny texture with a refreshing backbone lifting the vibrant citrus flavors, finishing long and steely. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar gracefully for 5-7+ years. 600 were cases made.
 
92 Lisa Perotti Brown / RP
2012, Araujo Altegracia Pris: 1.200,00 DKK
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A dry winter turned into a wet spring, with over eleven inches of rain in March that filled the vineyard soils to field capacity. What ensued was a ‘perfect’ growing season, with even budbreak, beautiful weather at bloom, and fruit set that produced a bountiful crop. The full-sized clusters across the Eisele Vineyard completed veraison by mid-July, and flavor intensity developed steadily throughout the summer. Warm days and cool nights over the length of the growing season resulted in daily temperature swings of up to 50 degrees, and these variances allowed the tannins to ripen harmoniously, while sugar levels increased slowly through a cooler than average September.
Harvest of the Bordeaux varietals began on September 22nd, and three days of moderate heat at the start of October set the stage for the final pick of Eisele Cabernet on the 16th. All clusters were hand-picked in prime condition in the cool morning hours, resulting in one of the finest expressions of Eisele Vineyard terroir in what will be remembered as an exceptional vintage.
Tasting Notes
Technical Director Helene Mingot notes “This Altagracia is a generous wine reflecting the exceptional quality of the vintage. The 2012 vintage is balanced and harmonious, offering beautiful ripeness with no excess. The wine reflects the character of the eastern parcels of the Eisele Vineyard, and its fine-grained tannins provide a perfect foil for the intensity and richness of the layered fruit.”
Grape Source
71% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Petit Verdot 8% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot
4% Malbec
Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.8% Total Acid: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.8
Release date: March 4, 2015
2013, Araujo Altegracia Pris: 1.200,00 DKK
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Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia is a beauty. Dense, opaque purple, a big sweet kiss of blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with forest floor and violets is followed by a lush, medium to full-bodied wine with terrific concentration, light tannin and an approachable style even for a 2013. It should drink well for 15 or more years.
 
94 Robert Parker
2014, Eisele Altegracia Pris: 1.200,00 DKK
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The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia is suppressed in the aromatics, which is due to recent bottling, but exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, outstanding ripeness, elegance and loads of blackcurrant fruit intermixed with dusty/loamy soil scents and spice. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
 
90 Robert Parker
2015, Eisele Altegracia Pris: 1.200,00 DKK
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Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia has slightly muted black cherries, crushed black plums and cassis with hints of licorice, black soil and cracked pepper plus a waft of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and expressive in the mouth, it delivers a lot of layers and wonderfully fine tannins, finishing long and earthy.
 
94 Robert Parker
2010, Araujo Eisele Vineyard Estate cab Pris: 3.000,00 DKK
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With heavy spring rains that ended a three year drought, the 2010 growing season began late, with cool spring temperatures delaying budbreak in the vineyard. Cool, showery weather persisted through May and then finally more normal temperatures returned in June for good weather at bloom and fruit set. Despite an intense heat spike in late August, the cooler overall temperatures and the long growing season allowed the grapes to maintain beautiful acidity and develop fine tannins, while warm weather in September and October brought the fruit to full maturity. The leisurely harvest began on September 9th and finished on October 21st, about two weeks later than average, but in advance of fall rains that followed soon thereafter. The clusters were hand-picked in prime condition in the cool morning hours, then fermented in small tanks and aged in French oak barrels for 22 months; the wine was bottled in August, 2012. The grapes were certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
Tasting Notes
On the nose, this astonishing wine entices with generous aromas of blueberry and dark cherry, bramble, licorice, wild sage, cigar box, lilacs and wet stones. On the palate, its creamy, mouth-filling texture is perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a beautiful sweet core of ripe fruit, followed by an incredibly persistent mineral and herbal finish. Notes winemaker Nigel Kinsman: This wine is a serious, classic Eisele Vineyard cabernet that begins as brooding but evolves in the glass to reveal complexity and nuance. Its super-fine grained tannins and weight without heaviness ensure that it is drinkable now but will age for many years to come.
Grape Source
94% Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 4% Cabernet Franc Eisele Vineyard 2% Petit Verdot Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Acid: 6.3 g/L
pH: 3.77 Production: 1900 cases Release date: October 1, 2013
2011, Araujo Estate Cab, Eisele Vineyard Pris: 3.400,00 DKK
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The 2011 vintage highlights the very character of the Eisele Vineyard. During spring, the vineyard was nearly through flowering when late spring rains reduced fruit-set elsewhere in the region. The cool temperatures of summer allowed the average-sized crop to mature evenly, and the vineyard had almost reached optimal ripeness when storms delivered early rain. Harvest started late September, concluding a season that required considerable patience to achieve tannin and phenolic ripeness, as each parcel came to optimum maturity one after the other. The rigorous pre-sorting in the vineyard reduced the challenge of the second sorting at the winery, as the regular crew of a dozen in the vineyard was augmented until 50 workers were removing affected berries, cluster by cluster. The last parcels of Cabernet were picked on October 23rd. Fermentations in small tanks proceeded without delay. The wine was then aged in new French oak barrels for 19 months and bottled in August 2013.
Tasting Notes
Our winemaking team notes “The Eisele Vineyard terroir showed its pedigree in 2011. This Cabernet is vibrant and fresh, layered with distinctive minerality and nuance. The ethereal tannins are simply melted throughout, supporting a delicious texture and prolonged by a lingering finish. The 2011 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet combines deep energy and elegance with a sense of restraint, providing great pleasure even at this early stage of its life.”
Grape Source
98% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
Release date: September 1, 2014
2012, Araujo Eisele Vineyard Estate cab Pris: 4.000,00 DKK
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A dry winter turned into a wet spring, with over eleven inches of rain in March that filled the vineyard soils to field capacity. What ensued was an ‘ideal’ growing season, with even budbreak, beautiful weather at bloom, and fruit set that produced a bountiful crop. The full-sized clusters across the Eisele Vineyard completed veraison by mid-July, and flavor intensity developed steadily throughout the summer. Warm days and cool nights over the length of the growing season resulted in daily temperature swings of up to 50 degrees, and these variances allowed the tannins to ripen harmoniously, while sugar levels increased slowly through a cooler than average September.
Harvest of the Bordeaux varietals began on September 22nd, and three days of moderate heat at the start of October, set the stage for the final pick of Cabernet Sauvignon on the 16th. All clusters were hand-picked in prime condition during cool morning hours, resulting in one of the finest expressions of Eisele Vineyard terroir. 2012 will be remembered as an exceptional vintage.
The grapes were certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
Tasting Notes
Our winemaking team notes “The 2012 vintage marks one of the smallest productions of Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and was the first vintage to be completed in the cellar under the Pinault family steward- ship, this wine reflects an uncompromising selection aimed at giving the purest expression possible of this unique terroir.
Shaped by ideal growing conditions, the distinctive personality of the Eisele Vineyard shows its class by way of precision, restraint and elegance. As a result, the 2012 vintage offers exceptional amplitude and depth. The opulent, layered palate is structured by extremely refined tannins and prolonged by characteristic minerality, the hallmarks of Cabernet from the Eisele Vineyard.”
Grape Source
100% Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.8% Release date: June 17, 2015
2012, Araujo Eisele Vineyard Estate cab Magnum Pris: 8.800,00 DKK
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A dry winter turned into a wet spring, with over eleven inches of rain in March that filled the vineyard soils to field capacity. What ensued was an ‘ideal’ growing season, with even budbreak, beautiful weather at bloom, and fruit set that produced a bountiful crop. The full-sized clusters across the Eisele Vineyard completed veraison by mid-July, and flavor intensity developed steadily throughout the summer. Warm days and cool nights over the length of the growing season resulted in daily temperature swings of up to 50 degrees, and these variances allowed the tannins to ripen harmoniously, while sugar levels increased slowly through a cooler than average September.
Harvest of the Bordeaux varietals began on September 22nd, and three days of moderate heat at the start of October, set the stage for the final pick of Cabernet Sauvignon on the 16th. All clusters were hand-picked in prime condition during cool morning hours, resulting in one of the finest expressions of Eisele Vineyard terroir. 2012 will be remembered as an exceptional vintage.
The grapes were certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
Tasting Notes
Our winemaking team notes “The 2012 vintage marks one of the smallest productions of Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and was the first vintage to be completed in the cellar under the Pinault family steward- ship, this wine reflects an uncompromising selection aimed at giving the purest expression possible of this unique terroir.
Shaped by ideal growing conditions, the distinctive personality of the Eisele Vineyard shows its class by way of precision, restraint and elegance. As a result, the 2012 vintage offers exceptional amplitude and depth. The opulent, layered palate is structured by extremely refined tannins and prolonged by characteristic minerality, the hallmarks of Cabernet from the Eisele Vineyard.”
Grape Source
100% Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.8% Release date: June 17, 2015
2013, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pris: 4.000,00 DKK
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Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary concentration, remarkable equilibrium and noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannin. This is a large-scaled Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but flawless and with no edges. It is an amazing effort and a great achievement from this incredible terroir. Drink it over the next 30-40 years.

100 Robert Parker
2013, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum Pris: 9.500,00 DKK
Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary concentration, remarkable equilibrium and noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannin. This is a large-scaled Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but flawless and with no edges. It is an amazing effort and a great achievement from this incredible terroir. Drink it over the next 30-40 years.

100 Robert Parker
2014, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pris: 4.200,00 DKK
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The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the vintage’s precociousness and front-end loaded, flattering style. It is medium to full-bodied, shows beautiful fruit purity, deep black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, moving toward blacker berries. There is a floral characteristic, spice, and a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel with silky tannin. Drink it over the next 25 years.
 
94 Robert Parker
2014, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum Pris: 9.400,00 DKK
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The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the vintage’s precociousness and front-end loaded, flattering style. It is medium to full-bodied, shows beautiful fruit purity, deep black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, moving toward blacker berries. There is a floral characteristic, spice, and a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel with silky tannin. Drink it over the next 25 years.
 
94 Robert Parker
2012, Araujo Eisele Estate Syrah Pris: 1.800,00 DKK
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2012, Araujo Eisele Estate Syrah magnum Pris: 3.800,00 DKK
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2013, Eisele Syrah Pris: 1.800,00 DKK
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