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1997 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon) 1.5L
1997 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon)
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
1997 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon)
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Bright deep ruby. Aromatic nose of blackcurrant, blackberry, graphite, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals. Big, sweet and generous; superb ripe acidity gives the dark berry flavors clarity and verve. Terrific intensity and depth of flavor without excess weight. Not a blockbuster but possesses the structure for longer-term aging. Very fine tannins spread out to coat the entire mouth. Very long and bright on the aftertaste. Classy cabernet sauvignon-based wine.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 132

There are 3,900 cases of the prodigious 1997 Cardinale, comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dollop of Merlot. The wine has an opaque bluish black/purple color, a knockout nose of black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis, lead pencil, mineral, and smoky oak. The glorious richness in the mouth is backed up by a full-bodied, opulently-textured, super-extracted wine that is neither heavy nor ponderous. Stunning purity, a fabulous multi-layered impression, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute make this the most exciting Cardinale to date. For statisticians, this is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, of which 79% of the grapes came from Napa and 21% from Sonoma. It spent 22 months in 100% new French oak before being bottled with neither fining nor filtration. It tips the scales at 14.2% alcohol.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Wonderfully proportioned, smooth and ripe, with rich black cherry, currant, wild berry and spice, offering depth and complexity, turning elegant and sophisticated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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Community Reviews

93

Jito72 Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 09/30/2014 Drink Dates: 2007-2022

Excellent and still very youth, purple in palate along with medium-full body, healthy tannins.

jab Tasted On: 06/09/2012 Drink Dates: 2004-2020

Frank C888 Tasted On: 04/21/2007

Wine is still very young / fresh. Try again in another year.

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