1991 Araujo “Eisele” Cabernet

Rumors of ill health do not appear to be exaggerated. Poured into Riedel Vinums, the wine showed a distinct “dusty” quality on the nose without a whole lot else. It did open over the evening to give off a little herby, dried fruit thing but it never achieved the opulence you would expect from a wine of this pedigree. In the mouth, the dried out theme continued. The fruit was mature but dried out on the short finish. Again, it became more forthcoming over the evening but was disappointing in the end. An argument could be made that the wine is still closed but I think the maturity of the fruit belies that. I guess we will see in a few years if the patient is indeed terminal.

JD (6/01)