2014 Araujo 'Altagracia - Eisele Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA (750ml)
This is a dense and juicy red with characters of blackberries, chocolate and pine needles. Sweet tobacco, too. Full body and round, polished tannins. A more dialed-in, terroir character than in past vintages. 88% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. James Suckling, 95 pts
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. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 pts
The 2014 vintage is full of energy. The nose opens with a very expressive bouquet of summer fruit: dark cherry, raspberry, and boysenberries with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. The attack is voluminous and round with layered blue fruits sustained by a hint of graphite on the long finish, bringing delicious minerality and freshness. The tannins are very fine and tightly knit. The ripeness of the fruit transitions effortlessly into intense dark and earthy aromas. This is a great Altagracia with an outgoing personality. Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
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