2016 Accendo Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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DC 98 WA 98 JS 97 JD 97 VN 97 WS 96
DC 98

Decanter, March 2023

Pure red berry fruit leads from the glass intermixed with heady cedar spices. Full-bodied, revealing a fantastic mid-palate depth of concentration with a spectacular vein of crushed stone minerality. The ripe, bright, red...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

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...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, December 2019

This is very tight and precise with dark berries, dark chocolate, spice and hints of hazelnuts. Full body and a solid center palate. Lots of sage, rosemary, and lavender. Beautiful balance. Fine finish. Very approachable...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, February 2023

From a purchased bottle, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon showed brilliantly, with a deep purple/plum color as well as an awesome nose of ripe blackcurrants, black cherries, roasted herbs, iron, and leafy herbs. It's rich and...
VN 97

Vinous, January 2020

(97+ points) The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon feels like it hasn't developed much over the last year, and I see that as a positive. Silky, nuanced and still very vibrant, the 2016 is just as inspiring as it was when I tasted...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, October 2019

Richly layered, with ripe and caressing cassis, plum preserves, boysenberry reduction and açaí berry fruit flavors. There's a chocolate backdrop and alluring toast notes throughout, with a subtle graphite edge on the very...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.8%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Accendo Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable wine that embodies the essence of Napa Valley. With its deep garnet-purple color and alluring aromas, this wine captivates the senses from the moment it is poured.

On the nose, pure red berry fruit dances alongside heady cedar spices, creating a symphony of scents that is both inviting and complex. As the wine caresses the palate, it reveals a fantastic mid-palate depth of concentration, showcasing a spectacular vein of crushed stone minerality. The ripe, bright red berry fruit is plush and silken, laced with brown spices and the characteristic freshness of the 2016 vintage.

The tannins in this wine are fine and silky, adding a touch of elegance to the overall structure. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression of elegant cedarwood and baking spices.

The 2016 Accendo Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, sourced from esteemed vineyards such as Oakville Ranch, Diamond Mountain, Vine Hill Ranch, and Sleeping Lady Vineyard. The collaboration between winemaker Nigel Kinsman and consultant Francoise Peschon has resulted in a wine of exceptional quality and complexity.

This vintage also marks an important milestone for Accendo, as it is the first year in which the grapes were crushed at the Wheeler Farms facility in St. Helena. This change in production location has only served to enhance the overall excellence of this wine.

Critics have hailed the 2016 Accendo Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the finest expressions of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. With a score of 98 points from Decanter, 97 points from James Suckling, 98 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 97+ points from Vinous, 96 points from Wine Spectator, and 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck, this wine has garnered high praise from some of the most respected voices in the industry.

In summary, the 2016 Accendo Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of unparalleled beauty and finesse. Its rich flavors, silky texture, and elegant structure make it a true masterpiece of Napa Valley winemaking. This is a wine that will undoubtedly age gracefully for many years to come, further evolving and revealing new dimensions of complexity with each passing year.