- Producer: Eisele Vineyard
- Winemaker: Hélène Mingot
- Region (AVA): Napa (Calistoga)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 1,827 cases
- Winery location: Calistoga
- First vintage: 2013 (previously Araujo Estate)
- Drinking window: 2026-2064
About The Wine:
To produce the estate's flagship wine, three quarters of the 38-acre Eisele Vineyard is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon and its companion varieties, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The resulting wine is an intense expression of the Eisele Vineyard terroir, exhibiting characteristic flavors of cassis, blackberry, cedar and chocolate, with a lingering mineral finish. Cabernets from the Eisele Vineyard are highly regarded for their complexity, concentration, weight without heaviness, silky texture and ability to age for decades.
A mild and fairly dry winter very similar to 2015 led to early bud break in 2016. Heavy rains in March, however, led the vintage on a most favorable path, allowing development of a generous canopy. While bloom occurred a week later, similarly dry and warm conditions as 2015 ensured a good fruit set.
Mild July weather was also auspicious; it led to fast and homogeneous veraison across the ranch. Continuing amiable weather allowed a gentle ripening of the Cabernet Sauvignon through warm days and cool nights. The fruit was picked between September 16th and October 5th in ideal conditions. Through this magnificent growing season, the sense of poise and grace conveyed by the vineyard is unmistakably reflected in the character of the fruit. The grapes were certified ‘Organic’ by CCOF and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color. Its nose begins a little reserved, slowly revealing a quiet intensity of freshly crushed blackberries, chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and aniseed with compelling nuances of black tea, cigar box, truffles and charcuterie, plus, with coaxing, gentle wafts of red roses and crushed rocks emerge. The medium to full-bodied palate is simply arresting, offering a a myriad floral and earth sparks amidst a black fruit core and with seamless, firm, very fine-grained tannins. Well-knit freshness brings forth layer after layer of delicate nuances on the very long, mineral-laced finish. The team at Eisele, led by Frédéric Engerer (of Chateau Latour) and beautifully orchestrated by winemaker Hélène Mingot, have knocked it out of the park this vintage with this singular expression that both embraces the site's heritage and reveals parts unknown."
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)