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2009 Araujo Estate Altagracia (750ml)
Producer: Araujo Estate Wines araujoestatewines.com
Appellation: Napa Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot - Merlot
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$98.00
Related Ratings:
rated (2011 vintage, 750ml bottle) : March 29, 2015 , cancell
Best 2013-2026
rated (2012 vintage, 750ml bottle) : December 31, 2015 , Antonio Galloni (WS)
Best 2015-2022
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 22, 2008 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "As for the 2005 Altagracia, which had been bottled several months before my visit, much like its sibling, it is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. (The 2004 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon.) A slightly bigger cuvee of nearly 1,200 cases, the wine has an almost French personality with its elegant, pure cedary and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of chocolate, oak, and earth. The tannins are supple, and the wine medium to full-bodied, very enjoyable already, yet capable of lasting 12-15 years. One of California’s and the world’s great wine estates, Araujo continues to exhibit remarkable consistency and impeccably high quality. Little seems to change other than some minor tweaking with respect to viticulture and winemaking. The team of Bart and Daphne Araujo, their talented longtime winemaker, Francoise Peschon, and the globe-trotting oenologist, Michel Rolland, are to be commended on the extraordinary elegance of these wines." Best -2020