2012 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Proprietary Red Altagracia is 71 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 Petit Verdot, 8 Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Malbec. A beautiful nose of red and black cherries, blackcurrants, spice box and earth jumps from the glass of this expressive, fragrant, medium-bodied wine that has velvety tannins, a burgeoning complexity and a savory, lush mouthfeel. This is a strong second wine from this famous vineyard. It can be drunk now or cellared for up to 15 or more years. It’s pure seductiveness.
This is a savory and balanced second wine with plum, berry and spices such as cloves and pepper. Full-bodied and velvety with bright acidity underneath and a flavorful finish. They say they used a little press wine in this and it gives it a lift. Lots of currants too. Traditional. 71 cabernet sauvignon, 8 cabernet franc, 6 merlot, 4 malbec, and 11 petit verdot. Drink or hold. Released now.