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Lot 175
Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998, Eisele Vineyard (1 double magnum)

Sold for US$ 796 inc. premium

Fine and Rare Wines

23 Mar 2018, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

A 14 Lot Complete Vertical of Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard from a Distinguished West Coast Collector. The famed Eisele in its most revered expression. The flagship wine of Bart and Daphne Araujo, from 1994 through 2007 in wood-cased double-magnums arrives to Bonhams from our generous consignor whose quest to collect the best is to our bidders' benefit today! This historical site has been producing world-class Cabernet for decades, and under the Araujo's ownership, earned endless critical acclaim but also, ...
A 14 Lot Complete Vertical of Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard from a Distinguished West Coast Collector. The famed Eisele in its most revered expression. The flagship wine of Bart and Daphne Araujo, from 1994 through 2007 in wood-cased double-magnums arrives to Bonhams from our generous consignor whose quest to collect the best is to our bidders' benefit today! This historical site has been producing world-class Cabernet for decades, and under the Araujo's ownership, earned endless critical acclaim but also, and most importantly – a legion of faithful collectors.
Following the first to make Cabernet Sauvignon from this acclaimed site (Paul Draper of Ridge in 1971, and Joseph Phelps in the 80s), Bart and Daphne Araujo purchased the Eisele Vineyard in 1990 and produced their debut vintage in 1991. The Araujos viewed themselves as stewards of the vineyard rather than owners, and as such adopted organic and biodynamic farming practices, ensuring the purest expression of the site's terroir. Bart and Daphne were involved in all aspects of the Araujo winery – from winemaking to marketing and farming. The flagship Cabernet Sauvignon earned accolades vintage after vintage, becoming one of California's first true "blue chip" wines. In addition, the Araujos produced Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and very rarely, Viognier.
The Araujo family sold their winery and vineyard in 2013 to Francois Pinault, owner of Chateau Latour, and 2012 is the last vintage bearing the Araujo name. This is an awesome opportunity to cellar a legendary wine – and a championed part of Napa history.
The wines were acquired directly from the winery and stored in a beautiful custom home wine cellar.
"One of the most extraordinary vineyards of Napa Valley is the Eisele Vineyard, which boasts a 40+ year history of producing compelling wines. It is hard to argue with the track record of this hallowed ground..." -Robert Parker
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Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Eisele Vineyard

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1 double magnum

"Complex, inviting aromas of plum, leather, spice, game and Burgundian earth tones. Lush and sweet in the mouth, with plum, meat and leather flavors. Harmonious acids give shape to the wine without drying it. Finishes with sweet, rich tannins and very good length. This has filled in very nicely since I tasted it from barrel a year ago. A real standout of the vintage." (91pts Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2001)
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