Eisele Vineyard Altagracia Red 2014
Napa Valley – 750ml
Formerly known as Araujo Estate, the new owner, Francois Pinault and his team decided earlier this year to pay tribute to the forty vintages that carried the Eisele Vineyard designation, first with Joseph Phelps, Conn Creek and Ridge to finally Araujo. As the owner of famed Château Latour, Château-Grillet and Domaine d’Eugénie, Eisele Vineyard is Francois’s only winery in Napa Valley. Last week Burges from Eisele Vineyard visited us so we could taste the new 2014 Altagracia Red. This newest release is now being made as a separate wine, meaning that more of the Eisele Vineyard fruit is going into this offering. Also, more new French oak is playing a role in this Cabernet blend, which for the 2014 was 80% new French oak. On the palate, “The nose opens up on notes of blackcurrant, boysenberries and fresh rose petal with a hint of tobacco. The mouthfeel is soft with a savory black fruit sustained by powdery tannins. The ripeness of the fruit translates in earthy aromas with a spicy finish of cinnamon and dark chocolate notes. The vintage brings beautiful aromatic complexity and a more approachable character than the serious 2013.” The final blend is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. This is a beautifully structured, high-quality Cabernet blend and great vineyard pedigree for the price.
- Vintage 2014
- Bottle Size 750ml
- Appellation Calistoga - Napa Valley
- Country USA
- Region California