Araujo Estate "Altagracia" Red 2011 (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 92] [ST 91] [JS 91]

Araujo Estate "Altagracia" Red 2011
(Napa Valley, California) - [AG 92] [ST 91] [JS 91]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Altagracia, named after Bart's paternal grandmother, is a Bordeaux-style blend vinified in the same manner as the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit for Altagracia is sourced both from the Eisele Vineyard and from certain other Napa Valley vineyards where we hold long-term grape contracts and which are farmed to our specifications. This Napa Valley Red Table Wine, while very ageable, is readily enjoyable in its youth.
Tasting Notes

Winemaker Nigel Kinsman notes “the Eisele Vineyard has again shown its ability to deliver wines of distinction in atypical vintages. The minerality and quality of tannins which are Eisele hallmarks couple with fine, generous texture to give us a delicious wine of particular vitality and elegance. 2011 Altagracia bears the signature of this unique place.”

Grape Source
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot

Production & Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.8%
Total Acid: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.71
Release date: May 1, 2014

Ratings & Reviews


92 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"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, plus a bit of Vine Hill Ranch, a well-draining site in Oakville that is among Napa Valley's very best. The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec." (Nov 2013)

91 Points - Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:

"(cabernet sauvignon with 7% merlot and 4% petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Deep aromas of dark berries, violet and caraway seed lifted by an impression of peppery acidity. Fresh and penetrating, showing good energy to the slightly medicinal flavors of kirsch, crushed berries and violet. Juicy but not green, finishing with dusty tannins and good length. This is very successful for a second wine from a tricky year. " - Stephen Tanzer (May/June 2014)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"A wine with more focus and refinement than the 2010 with blueberry, mineral and slate character. Juicy and savory. Extremely well done for the second wine of Araujo. Iodine and stone. Drink or hold." (May 15, 2014)

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010 Vintage):

"The 2010 Altagracia is surprisingly huge in this vintage. Layers of exotic black fruit, spices, mocha and espresso burst onto the palate with striking depth, power and richness. There is an immediacy to the 2010 that is simply compelling. No longer a true second wine, Altagracia now also includes a small amount of purchased fruit and is being crafted to stand on its own. The 2010 achieves that, and so much more. It is a fabulous effort from the team at Araujo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025+.

This is a gorgeous set of wines from Bart and Daphne Araujo, and their team headed by winemaker Nigel Kinsman and consulting winemaker Francoise Peschon. In particular, the 2010s are knockouts. I won’t be surprised if one day 2010 is considered one of the great all-time vintages at this historic property. Readers may also want to look at my video interview with Bart Araujo on our website for an early look at the 2012 harvest." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2012)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010 Vintage):

"Good dark red. Expressive aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, tobacco, hot stones, brown sugar and cedary oak. Sweet and fine-grained in the mouth, with sexy chocolate and mocha notes adding appeal. Spreads out generously on the ripely tannic aftertaste. A very impressive vintage for this bottling." - Antonio Galloni (May/Jun 2013)