Saturday, May 29, 2010

1995 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon

This was a bottle given to me by some good friends of ours when our first daughter was born in 1999. He was over for dinner last night and I thought the time was appropriate to open it. It was decanted for about 90 minutes. The color was freakishly dark for a 15 year old wine. It looked more like something you'd expect from a 2005 Cab than a 1995. The 1995 Araujo Eisle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley had a nose like no other wine I have ever smelled. It was an odd, yet fascinating combination of hickory smoke and green bananas. The palate was fully loaded with dark berries and bittersweet chocolate. Tannins were still massive. I would guess this wine still has quite a long life ahead of it. If you're fortunate enough to have a bottle, you need not be in any hurry to consume it.

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