2016 Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2040 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    October 22, 2021 - Wine Spectator 40th Anniversary; 10/21/2021-10/23/2021 (Marriott Marquis): Really interesting story behind this wine. From the previous owner of Eisele (Araujo). This is the new project which is based on buying grapes from across the valley to create the best blends of wines year over year. Nice wine. Quick finish. Strong fruit and again a bit of the spice and then there's something else there as well that I just can't quite name but helps make the wine a bit more interesting. Made by Kinsmann whom I've heard a lot more about recently so interesting to get to try one of his wines.

  • KenK wrote: 96 points

    October 22, 2021 - NYWE Dark color. Big rich aromas of black cassis, olive, violets. Dense chewy big black fruits, powerful pure. Concentrated and loads of pure fruit with pretty spices. So young yet soo good. A real beauty. Wow! A succulent quality. This has amazing future.

    A blend of 4 best plots from of Napa. Not a single vineyard. Believe more complex from different sites. Bart Araujo began Wheeler Farms after selling Eisle in 2013.

    82% CS 15% CF 3% PV

    Nigel Kinsman winemaker
    Michel Rolland Blends
    Francois Pichon Vineyardist

  • GranadaPedroAlarcon Likes this wine: 98 points

    October 1, 2021 - The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot is amazingly done. It needs to be decanted for at least 2 hours to fully appreciate the freshness and full finish. It has taste of spice and blue and blackberries that is just amazing. It is a young wine that has a lot to offer.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): Red and black cherry dominant, with a dry but concentrated flavor profile that begs for time in bottle (and food). There is power here, especially when compared next to the Laurea, with the Estate offering extra intensity and permeation on the palate that broadens the execution and expansion of flavor. Finishes dry and slightly bitter (throwing off considerable sediment on the final sips). Hold for 6-7+ years (and probably more like 10 years) before truly starting to reap the rewards this wine has to offer. Skillfully crafted and built for the long haul. 95+ points.

    In general, the Accendo wines absolutely beg for food. As stand-alone animals, they can come off increasingly dry and direct. That said, they are exquisitely crafted and constructed in a style that will please those drawn to classicism. Don’t be quick to rush through these wines, as one does not want to miss the precision and exactness by which they have been assembled. For me, it is impossible to sever the likening of these wines to young Bordeaux (St. Julien comes to mind).

    For those curious about the Kinsman connection, I would simply say the Kinsman namesake labels offered up more personality and wow factor for me, whereas the Accendos are, as mentioned, a more traditional take on what is often referred to as classical Napa Cabernet. Pick your style and either way (or both ways) you won’t be disappointed. The only real word of caution for the Accendo wines is to wait a decade before you jump into them.

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  • msuwine wrote: 96 points

    January 28, 2021 - This rich and dense wine will improve with time, but it is singular and stunning right now. This reminded me of one of my favorite wines of the 2016 vintage so far - the Kinsman Eades Rhadamanthus (from Diamond Mountain) - which also involved one Nigel Kinsman. The Accendo is a bit more prickly, but this wine is just as dense, classy, and delicious.

    Dark red in color and full in body, the wine offers incredible aromas of boysenberry, cardamon, graphite, eucalyptus, and fresh oregano, with a hint of orange rind. The flavors are generous but precise, with notes of black cherry, espresso, gravel, and dried thyme, with a grainy finish that has enough balance of fruit, acidity, and tannin to last for ages (to infinity and beyond). Blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Decant at least two hours. 14.8% alcohol. 96+ for now, with even more upside in 2023 or later.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Accendo Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 013024170017

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 19 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,030 (87%)
  • Consumed 132 (11%)

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