The 1998 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is a soft, supple-textured, opulent, civilized effort that can be drunk now as well as over the next 8-10 years. It is elegantly rendered, pure, and filled with blackberry/cassis fruit as well as a hint of honeysuckle provided by 8% Viognier in the blend. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The compelling 2001 Syrah (200 cases) includes 4% Viognier in the blend, adding a touch of spunk and exuberance to the already impressive aromatics (blackberry liqueur, flowers, truffles, and a hint of bacon). Full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, this may be the finest Syrah the Araujo team has yet fashioned. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ripe peaches, yellow plums, and apricots can be discerned in the nose of the 2002 Meursault. Lush, soft, and highly expressive, this satiny-textured, spicy, supple, medium-bodied wine possesses a long, fruit-filled finish."
97 Points! The 2005 Malbec Adrianna Vineyard was also aged for 18 months in new French oak. Opaque purple/black, it is more expressive aromatically as well as more structured than the Nicasia cuvee. Opulent on the palate, it is dense and extracted with gobs of spicy black fruits and enough structure to unwind for another 6-8 years. Drink this lengthy...
97+ Points! The 2005 Malbec Argentino is a blend of the Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards. As is often the case, the blend is better than either of the individual components. It offers greater complexity both aromatically and on the palate, opulence, great fruit expression, and superb aging potential. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 Points! The flagship wines begin with the purple/black-colored 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from four of the estate’s finest high-elevation vineyards, and aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black...
94 Points Parker A blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Merlot, the 2007 Variation One reveals smoky bacon notes intermixed with notions of boysenberries, wild flowers, forest floor, pepper, and wood spice.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast! From a vineyard in the western Rutherford benchlands adjacent to Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate, Meander is made by Amy Aiken. It's a sumptuous 2007, dominated by the cracked coffee bean flavors of oak and the impact of its tannic extract. But the texture, richness and glimmer of juicy red fruit in the finish predict what...
The 2011 Altagracia is round, sexy, supple and beautiful, especially within the context of the year. Sweet red berries, mint, tobacco, savory herbs and anise meld together in a distinctive wine long on personality. With time in the glass the wine fleshes out nicely, as the flavors become darker, richer and layered. Altagracia is a blend of mostly Eisele fruit,...
The 2013 Chardonnay The Terraces emerges from a parcel of low yielding, sixty year old vines that were ripped out after the harvest and is therefore the last wine off this site until the vineyard enters production again. It is also the finest Chardonnay I have tasted off the property. Stark and intensely mineral, the 2013 offers up a compelling...
99 Points Jeb Dunnuck! "Another huge, yet elegant Chardonnay, the 2015 Chardonnay Seascape Vineyard boasts a deeper gold color to go with a powerful, deep bouquet of buttered citrus, tangerine, baking spice, and awesome salty minerality. With full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless, incredibly pure and precise texture, and a huge finish, this is another incredible Chardonnay from this team. The...