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Two Napa Wine Producers Unveil The Next Napa Cult Wines


-1x-1At the foot of the Mayacamas mountain range, the historic Charles Hopper Ranch hosts Ulysses’s 35-acre vineyard. A picturesque wine country setting,  farmhouse, wooden barn water tower, bright yellow mustard flowers bloom among the vine rows.

Christian Moueix, Bordeaux’s Pomerol superstar and owner of Napa’s Dominus Estate, bought this estate in 2008 and has been pulling out merlot vines and planting cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, with certain of the vines sourced from top Bordeaux vineyards.

Winemaker Tod Mostero, said due to climate. “Ulysses is colder in winter, warmer in summer,” That translates into softer, plusher tannins.

Only  800 cases of the Ulysses 2012 are produced, and are offered at $179 a bottle. But the 2013, to be released next year, is the exciting, deeper, more complex,

Tod Mostero called 2013 “a once-in-a-century vintage.”

Accendo Cellars

Bart and Daphne Araujo, sold their cult winery Araujo Estate in 2013 to billionaire Francois Pinault, of Chateau Latour, and then quickly founded Accendo Cellars, which will release its 2014 Sauvignon Blanc in April and its first Cabernet in September.

“Pinault’s offer came out of the blue,”… “He was the right buyer at the wrong time. We had no interest in retiring.” With no succession plan they decided to sell early and quickly move on to a new project…..“We decided to do something different,” said Bart.

Instead of a single-vineyard cabernet like Araujo Estate, the first Accendo Cellars red is a blend from five top vineyards, including a couple that the Araujos own. This uber-blend (as they call it) pay homage to  Napa’s history in the 1960s and ’70s, before astronomically priced single-vineyard wines became the rage.

Accendo? (Pronounce it “akkendo.”

The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc will be available in April for $50.

“It’s zingy and bright, yet opulent, a mix of citrus, herbs, and spicy ginger notes with a delicious minerally chalk and oyster shell character.” 

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (not yet priced – 550 cases) is their first vintage.

“Wonderfully elegant, it’s a rush of lush fruit with a scent of violets and savory layers of flavor with an earthy, dusty edge.” 

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Related Stories Araujo estate sold to French group – Napa Valley Register The famed 162-acre Araujo Estate just outside Calistoga, along with the celebrated Eisele Vineyard seen here, has been purchased by France’s Pinault family through its holding company, Artémis Group, which also owns Chateau Latour. Submitted photo.Wine Dr. Vino – – Moueix: Representing Himself and Bordeaux with Honesty, Integrity, and Intelligence – Huffington Post (blog) Christian Moueix’s biography reads like no one else in the wine trade, and has led to, amongst other accolades, his selection as Decanter magazine’s Man of the Year in 2008. He has involved himself in enology, viticulture, and the sales and promotion …








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