Red

2018 Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Laurea

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2034 (Edit)
CT94 3 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 3

  • SanCarlosRunner Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 20, 2021 - Had alongside 17 Cornell for comparison.

    Laurea- approachable but still young and would benefit from bottle time. Nose is fruity and balanced. Picked up red fruit, almost strawberry at times. Tannin was firm but not overwhelming. Mild weight overall with good finish. Very enjoyable.

    Cornell- deeper / darker fruit. Pleasant nose. Very aromatic. Tannin presence early and strong. Healthy decant or a couple years in bottle to soften edges. Also very good and nice comparison.

    Group of 4 tasted together. Split 2-2 on preference. Recommend either (or both)

  • msuwine wrote: 94 points

    May 7, 2021 - This rich and earthy Cabernet needs a few years to settle down, but it offers an intriguing combination of intensity and restraint, somehow filling the mouth without overpowering it. Deep cherry red in color; full in body; aromas of pine needles, baked blueberry, fresh sage, and underbrush. Flavors of black cherry, pencil lead, eucalyptus, and grilled rhubarb, with a crunchy and dry finish (read: tannic, not sweet). Blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cab Franc. 14.8% alcohol. If drinking now, decant at least three hours.

    Like many of Nigel Kinsman's wines, the Laurea offers a New World core (i.e., intense fruit, viscous mouthfeel) with an Old World inflection (i.e., grainy tannins, little sugar). I agree with csimm that the Kinsman label offers a bit more flair, while the Accendo wines offer a bit more restraint, but both share a wild quality that I adore. Nigel’s wines have a originality that remind you they came from grapes that grew outside, in the dirt, across the seasons. To be sure, the Laurea needs more time than most second wines, but it should be something special in a few years. 93-94 for now, with upside in 2023 or later.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 94 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): Ripe plum, deep red and black cherry, and cedar ride the crest of the flavor wave, almost immediately skipping over the mid-palate and skirting into an exceptionally dry finish. This wine desperately wants to find its depth, which is currently postponed by the higher register fruit and cedar-dry tail (a tail that whips back and ends up dominating the whole animal). As with all of the Accendo wines, the Laurie needs time to develop. It will always be a classically crafted Napa Cabernet is stature. Give this time and be rewarded. A wine I imagine would pair brilliantly with a fatty rib eye or a hunk o’ bacon. 93-94+ points.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Part 1 (Jan 2021), 1/1/2021 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Accendo Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Laurea
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 12 (10%)
  • In Cellars 102 (85%)
  • Consumed 6 (5%)

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