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Bottle Size: 750ml
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and was bottled in August 2018. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts out of the glass with exotic spice notes of star anise, fenugreek and cumin seed over a core of blackberry pie, wild blueberries and warm cassis with hints of kirsch, cigar box and mocha plus a waft of smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with vibrant black, blue and red fruits plus tons of spicy sparks, framed by wonderfully ripe, fine-grained tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate. Tasting date: December, 2018
Inspired by the land, its history and its growers, the Araujo family produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines in the Napa Valley as Accendo Cellars. Previously, Bart and Daphne Araujo, as proprietors of Araujo Estate Wines and the Eisele Vineyard, worked with an outstanding viticultural and winemaking team. Since founding Accendo Cellars in 2013 with their children, Jaime and Greg, two generations of the family continue to now work with the same winemaking and viticulture teams today.
The wines of Accendo Cellars are inspired by Napa Valley’s early modern era—the 1950s, 60s and 70s—derived from grapevines rooted in some of the finest vineyard sites and nurtured by growers devoted to the land. The Accendo wines express the nobility and purity of the terroir the Araujos have long admired about this region.
The collective knowledge and experience of their esteemed team—winemakers Nigel Kinsman and Françoise Peschon, consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, viticulturist Steve Matthiasson, and Biodynamic consultant Jeff Dawson—ensure an uncompromising and meticulous approach to winemaking in both the vineyard and the cellar.
The portfolio includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, and soon a new Bordeaux-style blend called “Laurea” to be released in spring 2021. Made at Wheeler Farms’ state-of-the-art winemaking facility in Saint Helena, each wine is a carefully curated blend of grapes selected predominantly from vineyards in Oakville and Yountville.
Accendo Cellars launched in 2013, and from the first vintage, the wines have exhibited a passion reflecting the same level of excellence and attention to detail as previous Araujo projects.
The wines are rooted in the integrity of our Napa Valley terroir—the climate and weather, geology and soils, slope and aspect, the way the sun traverses a vineyard through the course of a day, a season, a year. Working with the Eisele Vineyard for more than twenty years bestowed upon them a deep appreciation for a terroir’s influence on wine.
At Accendo Cellars, they work with owners and growers who believe, as they do, that great wines are made in the vineyard. The vineyards we source today are a testament to that belief, and share some common characteristics:
Their core Cabernet vineyards are located in the “Gold Coast” of the western bench of Oakville and Yountville, viewed by most locals as the location of Napa Valley’s finest sites for growing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon: Vine Hill Ranch, M-Bar Ranch, Sleeping Lady. These core vineyards are complemented and complexed by unique and little-known treasures: Ecotone, Terravina at Upper Range, Diamond Mountain. Their Sauvignon Blanc is similarly benefited from sourcing from two uniquely different but complementary sites: Rancho Pequeño in Oakville and Ryan’s Vineyard in Oak Knoll.
2016 in Napa Valley was viewed by growers and vintners alike as a ‘vintage of exceptional quality’. Late winter and early spring rains brought welcome relief from the long-running drought, filling the soils with moisture which, coupled with a lack of frost and warm spring temperatures, allowed an early budbreak and rapid development of the grapevine canopies. The weather at bloom was beautifully consistent, leading to a good set of small berries that resulted in moderate crop levels. The gorgeous summer months were relatively cool with very few heat spikes, and with veraison 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Napa Valley. On the palate, rich flavors of ripe black fruits are wrapped around a firm structure of fine-grained tannins, minerality and beautiful freshness that carry on into the long, satisfying finish. Finishing in late July, the grapes had ample time to develop full flavors while retaining excellent acidity and freshness. Our red grape harvest began on September 15th with Cabernet Franc and finished on October 8th with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Notes from winemakers Françoise Peschon and Nigel Kinsman, “The consistency of an exceptional vintage is expressed in the purity, length and fineness of this wine - it is deep and powerful, yet perfectly integrated, seamless from approach to finish, full of plush flavor from ripe fruit, ending with silky tannins and graphite that linger on the palate.”
All the grapes were hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and brought to the winery for crush into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine was aged for 22 months in new and used French oak barrels and was bottled in July 2018.
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