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Professional Ratings: 97 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 79211
"The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a 1,700 case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Built for the long run, but accessible enough to drink now, this saturated purple-colored beauty offers up gorgeously pure aromas of white flowers intermixed with cedar, black currant liqueur, and subtle toasty oak. Layered, multidimensional, and pure, it admirably balances power and elegance. For me, this is the finest Cabernet Sauvignon produced at this estate since 1995 (which is drinking terrifically at present)." -WA
This hallmark wine balances power, elegance and finesse in the dense tannin structure characteristic of a fine vintage. Luscious aromas of cassis and blackberry give way to opulent layers black currant and dark chocolate flavors in the mouth, while notes of spice and cedar, hints of violets and a crushed granite minerality linger in the long finish. Winemaker Françoise Peschon notes: A combination of an exceptional 2001 vintage, extreme selection in the vineyard and careful blending in the winery have produced this intense, classic expression of Eisele Vineyard terroir. Abundant fine tannins, pure flavors and perfect balance assure years of ageing potential.
Ruby-red. Warm and inviting aromas of plum, mocha, tobacco, smoke and spices. Rich, silky and suave, with mellow, claret-like flavors of currant, plum, tobacco and mocha. Pure, layered and stylish wine, finishing with substantial but lush tannins and subtle persistence. One can see the hand of consulting enologist Michel Rolland in this wine.
Wonderful complexity, depth and finesse, with layers of mocha, espresso, currant, wild berry and vanilla bean flavors that are sharply focused, finishing with tight yet supple tannins and a long, rich aftertaste with layers of complexity.