Eisele Vineyard | California
Eisele is one of the greatest single vineyards in Northern California. It first became a vineyard over 120 years ago and was most recently named after Milton and Barbara Eisele, who bought the vineyard in 1969. Ridge made a legendary Cabernet from this source in 1971 and Joseph Phelps made a succession of fine wines throughout the 70’s and 80’s. However, following Bart and Daphne Araujo’s acquisition of the property in 1990, they were responsible for producing some of the World’s greatest and most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon based wines.
The proprietor, since 2013, is now François Pinault – the owner of Artemis (Chateau Latour et al). The estate is managed by Antoine Donnedieu. Eisele Vineyard is a 38 acre single vineyard with warm coblly soils, located on an alluvial fan just east of Calistoga, protected by the Palisades Mountains to the north and cooled by westerly breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap.
The reserves of groundwater lie at great depth and encourage the vine roots to delve deep into the subsoil for moisture. The well drained soils, warm days and cool nights result in low yields of thick skinned, small, intensely flavoured berries. The Estate is certified as organic by the California Certified Farmers and biodynamic by Demeter.
In addition to the grand vin, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, they also produce a very fine second wine called Altagracia and one of California’s finest Sauvignon Blancs.