Bart and Daphne Araujo sold their eponymous Estate and its jewel, the Eisele Vineyard, to François Pinault of Château Latour five years ago. The offer from Pinault “came out of the blue,” according to Bart, but it was one the Araujos couldn’t refuse. Not being ready to retire, work started immediately on their next project, Accendo.
The focus at Accendo (pronounced “akkendo” and meaning: to kindle, illuminate, inflame, arouse) is almost clichéd if not on trend for a new Napa project - restraint and reverence to the wines of the 1960s and 70s. Sourced from vineyards in St. Helena and Oakville, they produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The team includes Françoise Peschon, Michel Rolland, and Steve Matthiasson, as well as the Araujo’s children Jaime and Greg.
Extraordinarily mineral driven. My first thought was this is what Napa SB would taste like if it was made by Weingut Keller, mouthwatering, layered minerality with lime and citrus blossom accents. Yasss! — 3 years ago
Zoom meeting W/ Owner Bruce Phillips,
Master Sommelier Chris Blanchard-VHR Sales Mgr. & Master Sommelier Jack Mason- Papas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, TX
Great Oakville Vineyard site with Francoise Peschon -Winemaker
💯 from AG / 98 from Jeb
2 Hour Decant, still a baby 👶! Long life ahead; fine tannins not all integrated yet. Splitting hairs, the wine is great! Enjoy if you have it! Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 — a year ago
Francois Peschon winemaker, enough said. Old school elegance and richness that developed over several hours. Still a baby and will reward patience. Though the wine is still wound up tight the nose is soooooo intoxicating! @Pignetti's Restaurant, Temple TX — 4 years ago
Clean Rosey peach in color, white peach, red berries, prescice acidity, great mouthfeel & length make this a great porch pounder. — 5 years ago