Accendo Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The Accendo Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big step up from 2013. Powerful, classy, and refined, 2014 offers notable intensity, but in the mid-weight, restrained style that has always characterized Bart and Daphne Araujo’s wines. The flavors are bright and infused with striking savory overtones. Scents of tobacco, leather, licorice and smoke add nuance to the dark, explosive finish. There is plenty to look forward to.
Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Accendo Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon gives a deep garnet-purple color and leaps from the glass with notes of warm black currants and red currants preserves plus touches of sandalwood, cigar box, spice box, licorice and menthol and the faintest hints of forest floor and potpourri. Medium-bodied with a fantastic intensity of red and black fruits and accented with pepper, spice and earthy notions, it has a firm, chewy backbone and great freshness, finishing with lingering mineral notes.
A wine of precision, nuance and tension, Accendo’s Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon continues to grow in bottle. There is a sense of translucent vibrancy in the 2014 that is especially admirable. Red and purplish-toned fruit, lavender, mint and crushed rocks are all beautifully delineated, but it is the wine’s shape and drive that I find most alluring today. This is a fabulous showing.
Relatively pale crimson (for Napa). Pretty deep, bright crimson for, say, France. Very healthy-looking. Much more intense nose than the 2013, with the same balsam note, but with more lusciousness and layers – and more ripeness. Still quite youthful and sprightly. Dry, long finish and good potential. Still fairly embryonic.
Aromas of tar and licorice with lot of ripe fruit. Full body, round and juicy fruit and a sweet undertone. Soft and pretty. Drink now.