2016 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.
Lots of violets and dark berries with sweet underbrush and fresh mushrooms, following through to a medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a succulent and refined finish. It remains supple and beautiful. Hard not to drink now. Better after 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Altagracia is produced almost exclusively from estate fruit this year and was bottled at the end of June 2018. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia comes bursting forth with vivacious black cherries, blackberries, wild blueberries and cassis notes with touches of cinnamon stick, cloves, forest floor, violets and dusty earth with a waft of violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with loads of iron and mineral accents, finishing long and perfumed.