2011 eisele vineyard, altagracia, napa valley
Why We're Buying
Eisele Vineyard, formerly known as Araujo Estate, is one of Napa Valley's crown jewels. Wine critic Robert Parker chose it for his 2005 book, "The World's Greatest Wine Estates." One of its marquee offerings, Altagracia, is a Bordeaux blend that exemplifies nobility and refinement.
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. (AG)