Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
First planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1964, the legendary Eisele Vineyard was produced by the Araujo Estate until Chateau Latour purchased the vineyard in 2013. The 40-acre Eisele Vineyard has been known for the quality of its grapes as far back as the 19th century, and produced the top Cabernets of the 1970s and ‘80s. Warm days, cool nights and well-drained cobbly soils contribute to the remarkable grapes grown at Eisele. The Araujos built upon that legacy with an extensive round of replanting; their Eisele wines became the rare Cabernets to retain a distinct sense of place amid Napa’s cult-era tendencies toward excess. And this caught the attention of the family of Latour owner Francois Pinault.
Wine AdvocateBoth 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary concentration, remarkable equilibrium and noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannin. This is a large-scaled Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but flawless and with no edges. It is an amazing effort and a great achievement from this incredible terroir. Drink it over the next 30-40 years.