EISELE VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia 2018 Carton x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | America | California | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
‘Eisele Vineyard. This is one of the greatest terroirs in all of Napa Valley, if not all of California.’ Robert Parker
Eisele Vineyard is one of the greatest single vineyards in northern California. It comprises some 38 acres of warm, cobbly soils, located on an alluvial fan just east of Calistoga – protected by the Palisades Mountains to the north and cooled by westerly breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap. The reserves of groundwater lie at great depth and encourage the roots to delve deep into the subsoil for moisture. The well drained soils, warm days and cool nights result in low yields of thick skinned, small, intensely flavoured berries. The estate is certified as organic by the California Certified Farmers and biodynamic by Demeter.
The vineyard was first planted over 130 years ago and was most recently named after Milton and Barbara Eisele, who bought the property in 1969. Ridge Vineyards made a legendary Cabernet Sauvignon from this source in 1971 and Joseph Phelps made a succession of fine wines throughout the 70s and 80s. However, following Bart and Daphne Araujo’s acquisition of the property in 1990, they were responsible for producing some of the world’s greatest and most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon based wines.
The latest chapter began in 2013, when Eisele Vineyard was purchased by Francois Pinault – the owner of Artemis (Chateau Latour, Domaine d’Eugenie and Chateau Grillet), which has already seen even greater investment and a determination to build further upon the marvellous legacy of this unique site.
We are delighted to offer their most recent release of their signature Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 vintage and the Altagracia Cab and Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
The offer closes at the end of August and the wines will be shipped in late 2021.
These wines really are in VERY limited quantities so purchase asap to avoid disappointment.
Altagracia, named after Bart Araujo’s grandmother, is a Bordeaux-style blend vinified in the same manner as the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. It is essentially the expression of the Eastern parcels of the Eisele Vineyard, completed with fruit sourced from other Napa Valley vineyards where we hold long-term grape contracts and which are farmed to our specifications. This Napa Valley Proprietary Red, while very ageable, is readily enjoyable in its youth.
THE WINE ADVOCATE 95+ points
Drink Date: 2022 - 2043
Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia slowly grows on the nose, developing into profound scents of black currant cordial, baked plums and wild blueberries with suggestions of bouquet garni, black pepper, pencil lead and fertile loam plus a touch of beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is delicately played with beautiful definition and lots of red berry and earthy accents intertwined with the black fruits. Supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, it finishes long and mineral laced.
“2018 was nice for us—it was an easy vintage,” Eisele Vineyard’s winemaker Helene Mingot told me last year. “The conditions for ripening were ideal. It was a nice, cool summer. We didn’t have too much problem with vigor. Our vines are 25 years old, so our yields remained 2.5 to three tons per acre. It was a long harvest because we could harvest when we wanted. This year was the highest color we ever recorded!”
During my visit this year, she added, “These 2018s were not so easy to age. It was hard to know what direction to take—the amount of racking, toast level, etc. The wines had a different structure and freshness, the polymerization dynamic was different from previous vintages.”
In addition to the Altagracia and Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard revealed a new wine for 2018: Pickett. It is essentially a “third wine.” “It was developed to give us more selection for Altagracia,” managing director Antoine Donnedieu told me. “Altagracia continues its trajectory to become the best expression of our eastern vineyards. The new Pickett wine receives a little less time in barrel and less new oak than the other two reds, designed for earlier consumption."
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 30th Nov 2020
Pricing - No further discounts apply. Prices include Freight, Jersey Import Duty & GST.
Delivery - Late 2021/Early 2022
Storage - Free storage until 30th April 2022 in our temperature-controlled storage facility.
Allocation Policy - Limited availability, orders will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Payment - Goods will be invoiced on receipt of order and payment is due as per your normal account terms.
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