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2018 Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - 100 points Antonio Galloni



We are very excited to announce the UK release of the Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. We have been proud to be Accendo’s exclusive distributor in the UK for 5 years now and believe that the 2018 Cabernet is the most complete wine released by the estate so far. For those of you not familiar with the story of Accendo, below is a brief overview of the producer and the family who were one of the pioneers of Napa Cabernet.  

The Estate 

Having founded one of the most iconic estates in Napa in the 1980’s, Bart, Daphne and their daughter Jaime Araujo sold the Eisele Vineyard and the Araujo estate to Francois Pinault in 2013. Their new project, Accendo Cellars, was based on a different vision. Here, they are trying (and succeeding) to recreate the great blended Napa wines of the 1950’s and 60’s, where fruit was taken from the best vineyard sites around the valley. The network of friends developed over 30 years gave the family access to some fabulous fruit and enviable sites which have allowed them to produce some exceptional wines that have gained significant critical acclaim. The style of the estate is understated elegance and restraint combined with the power and concentration that you would expect from Napa.  

Alongside the amazing Cabernet Sauvignon, there is also a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc which is produced in the style of great white Bordeaux. This a wine which has a great capacity for ageing and gains weight and complexity over time. The Sauvignon Blanc is always a hugely popular wine at tastings where clients are often astonished about the complexity and depth achieved. We still have a few cases of the 2018 and have offered below.