Bottle Notes, Syrah

2003 Araujo Syrah – Bottle Notes

Araujo Estate is a 38-acre vineyard in northeast Napa Valley, east of Calistoga. It was established in 1990 when Bart and Daphne Araujo bought the historic vineyard from Milt and Barbara Eisele, who planted the vines in the 1960s. For nearly 40 years the Eisele Vineyard has been known as one of the valley’s great vineyards, consistently producing outstanding wines. The Araujos have completed many renovation projects since they acquired the estate, and have planted many varietals including Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Nevertheless the estate’s signature wine is its highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dark crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier. Intoxicating nose of cassis liqueur, grilled meats and spice. The fruit is highly extracted and mouth coating. The wines seems to be a little out of balance. Blackberry, raspberry and white pepper on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. Had I tasted this blind I might have guessed Australian Shiraz. Somewhat over the top but still drinkable. Not on par though with previous vintages of Araujo Syrah.

My rating: 89 points.

Araujo is one of the most prestigious wineries in all of Napa Valley. It does not get much more iconic than Eisele Vineyard. It can be included on a short list with the likes of Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard.

The Araujo wines can be obtained via the mailing list, at retail and frequently at auction.

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