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|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Biodynamic|
The earliest caretakers of what is now Eisele Vineyard were the Wappo, native gardeners and land conservationists who maintained a delicate balance among wildlife, vegetation, and human occupation. Grapes began to be cultivated in the area in the 1840s when it was awarded to Edward Turner Bale as part of the Mexican Land Grant from his uncle-in-law, General Mariano G. Vallejo. In the early 1880s, Jackson G. Randall, one of Napa Valley’s pioneer viticulturists, and his neighbor, Charles Nathan Pickett, one of the Valley’s largest wine producers, were the first to plant grapes on what is now land owned by Eisele. Pickett and his family tended to the vineyard until the Second World War. It remained in cultivation through several successive owners, the phylloxera epidemic, Prohibition, and the Great Depression, until it finally was purchased by Milton and Barbara Eisele in 1969. They offered their grapes to Paul Draper, winemaker at Ridge Vineyards, and together they released the first vintage of cabernet sauvignon in 1971. This landmark wine is still beautiful after four decades in the bottle, and is considered by many to be one of the best wines ever produced in Napa. All of their vineyards are certified organic by CCOF and biodynamic by Demeter. The ‘Altagracia’ is named after Bart Araujo, the previous landowner’s grandmother, and is a delightful Bordeaux-style blend of 88% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, and 5% petit verdot that is aged in oak. This vintage is “full of energy”, bursting with vibrant red, blue, and dark fruit streaked with vanilla and cinnamon. It is wonderfully full bodied and features subtle hints of graphite, earth, and minerals. The tannins are very fine and well integrated, making this a bold, intense wine with a ripe, luscious character. It is drinking beautifully in its youth but can withstand decades in the bottle, developing more and more complexity with the passing years. Certified Biodynamic.