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2009 Araujo Estate Altagracia II Napa Valley Red

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend • Napa Valley • Red Wine

Sale expired on September 9, 2012
Last chance at an iconic Napa red that'll never be made again

Tastes like: Decadent fruit coated in the finest silk
Pairs with: Well-marbled meats, braised lamb shank
Good for: Cellaring, special occasions, fine dining, gifts
Drink this: Now through 2019
Alcohol: 14.8%

About this time last year, I wrote of the 2007 Araujo Estate Altagracia II, "If  read more...

Tastes like: Decadent fruit coated in the finest silk
Pairs with: Well-marbled meats, braised lamb shank
Good for: Cellaring, special occasions, fine dining, gifts
Drink this: Now through 2019
Alcohol: 14.8%Read more...

Tastes like: Decadent fruit coated in the finest silk
Pairs with: Well-marbled meats, braised lamb shankRead more...

Tastes like: Decadent fruit coated in the finest silk
Pairs with: Well-marbled meats, braised lamb shank
Good for: Cellaring, special occasions, fine dining, gifts
Drink this: Now through 2019
Alcohol: 14.8%

About this time last year, I wrote of the 2007 Araujo Estate Altagracia II, "If you don't read another word beyond this paragraph, just do this: Buy as much of this wine as you can, as quickly as you can. Trust me on this." You'd be wise to follow my advice again because, last time, the entire Lot18 allocation of the 2007 Altagracia II disappeared in a matter of hours. Expect this one to go faster. Here's why:

Back when I procured the 2007 wine, there was no assurance that Araujo would make another Altagracia II – there was no 2008 in barrel or bottle. But knowing the excellence of the 2009 vintage in Napa and the joy that the 2007 Altagracia II brought to the 1,000 Lot18 members lucky enough to snare at least one bottle, I was hoping that a 2009 was in the cards. Three amazing things happened:

1) Araujo did produce an Altagracia II from Napa's awesome 2009 vintage.
2) Every last drop of it has been promised to Lot18 members – Lot18 is the only place to get this wine.
3) Araujo has said the 2009 Altagracia II will be the last Altagracia II ever made.

So, remember my advice from the first paragraph, above? Stop reading and follow it. You may already be too late.

If you need more convincing, no problem: In the Pantheon of Napa Valley's "cult" wines, Araujo leads the list. Bart and Daphne Araujo are Californians with a deep love of their home state's wines, such as the famed Eisele Vineyard bottlings of the 1970s, from producers like Joseph Phelps and Ridge. They began their search to acquire a Napa Valley vineyard in the 1980s. When Milt and Barbara Eisele decided to sell their legendary vineyard in 1990 and Joseph Phelps hesitated to purchase the property, Bart and Daphne pounced.

It was a move that helped launch the notion of cult wines in general, as well as set a standard for high-end Napa Cabernet. Critic Robert Parker has never scored an Araujo Estate Cabernet below 91 points, and 12 of the last 19 vintages have scored 95 or higher.

The reason is the Eisele Vineyard itself, 38 acres of perfection located on a cobbly bench in northern Napa Valley. Every wine produced by Araujo comes from this tiny piece of wine paradise originally planted in the 1880s. Protected by the Palisades Mountains to the north and cooled by westerly breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap, the grapes from this spot are the paradigm of structure, integrity and grace.

The flagship wine of Araujo is the Eisele Vineyard Cabernet, which usually takes a decade or more of cellaring to hit its stride. When it does, it is undoubtedly one of the world's best wines. Araujo also makes a wine called Altagracia, a more approachable expression of Eisele. In 2007, Araujo produced Altagracia II for the first time; in 2009, for the very last.

I'm personally going to order a lot of this wine ... again. You should follow my lead ... again. If you loved the 2007 Altagracia II as much as I did, you'll be floored by the 2009.

Tasting Notes
The 2009 Altagracia II is just a baby. It's gorgeous now, and as it matures over the next three to five years, it will become absolutely breathtaking. Extraordinary flavors of perfectly ripe blueberry pie, crème de cassis, cherry licorice, loamy earth, toasted baking spices and hints of forest floor are followed by staggeringly rich and luxurious fruit on the finish. It's all so seamless that you wonder if this vineyard and Araujo are capable of producing anything but the most exquisite wines. If you can bear to cellar, the 2009 Altagracia II will age gracefully for the next 12 to 15 years. Good luck holding off that long, though.

—Kevin Boyer

Kevin Boyer has 16 years of wine experience, most recently as VP of beverage for Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. He also co-founded the critically acclaimed boutique Napa Valley winery, BOYANCI. Kevin is a nationally recognized sommelier affiliated with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Society of Wine Educators and many other global wine organizations. Learn more about Kevin here, or follow him on Twitter: @kevinboyanci

More About Araujo Altagracia II

When I tasted the 2007 Altagracia II, the first words that came out of my mouth were, "I feel like I'm drinking a perfectly orchestrated piece of music." I'm sure that's exactly what I said, because my friend who was with me at the time still hasn't let me live it down. Today in my mind's eye, though, that 2007 – as good as it was – is a Green Day guitar riff in comparison to the 2009 Altagracia II. Today's wine? 1812 Overture.

There is structure, harmony and a sense of inherent style that is hard to pin down with words, but the very instant that this wine touches your palate, you know you're tasting something very special. The flavors are explosive.

The 2009 Altagracia II defines the softer, more feminine style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Too often, winemakers and brand owners seem tempted to over-masculinize Cabernet Sauvignon with long extractions, cold-soaks and heavy oak, rather than let the grapes shine on their own and show their true sense of place. I'm thrilled to see that this isn't the case with the Altagracia II – for the second and final time.
—Kevin Boyer

Robert Parker on Araujo Estate

"At Araujo Estate, the goal is to produce world-class wine that clearly expresses the estate's distinct terroir. They believe that farming organically and biodynamically is the most effective and sustainable method of growing fruit unique to the site, and that improving the health of the soil inevitably improves the flavor of the wines.

"This reference-point winery is always one of my favorite stops in Northern California. … I've been inspired by the proprietors Daphne and Bart Araujo, who have taken this superb terroir and built it into a world-class winery and vineyard operation."
—Robert M. Parker Jr., The World's Greatest Wine Estates

Araujo Estate Wines Website

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