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1996 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon) 750ml
1996 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon)
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
1996 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon)
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

Full ruby-red. Bordeaux-like aromas of roasted plum, currant, smoke and tobacco. Lush, pliant and expressive; doesn't possess quite the grip, structure or length of the '97 but this is smooth and captivating. Finishes with fine tannins and very good length.

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JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

61 per cent Napa, 39 per cent Sonoma.This blend from Kendall Jackson's old Artisan & Estates is rich, full and flattering. Well put-together wine, if slightly sweet. Beginning to fade at the end.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 126

The 1996 Cardinale is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, of which 62% came from Napa and 38% from Sonoma. Just under 3,000 cases were produced. It is also a top rank wine, and a star of the vintage. A saturated purple color is followed by licorice, cedar, fruit cake, and black currant aromas. Full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, with low acidity but high tannin, this young, muscular classic should have fabulous aging potential.

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WS
89

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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Community Reviews

94

David 429 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/14/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2025

Deep ruby red, nose of cedar and red currents, big berries, with big tannins and a long finish. Decanted for 3 hours before drinking.

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