1997 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon) 750ml

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1997 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon)
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International Wine Cellar | 93

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2001-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2001-2009
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/30/2014
Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Stills lively and in palate looks more as 2001 than 1997...purple boysenberry, bluebeery fruit and presents and lively tannins suggest further development can possible. Very nice drinking and only a more complex is what shall be looking for greatness.
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Author: jab
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/09/2012
Drink Dates: 2004-2020
Score:
Author: Frank C888
Tasted On: 04/21/2007
Wine is still very young / fresh. Try again in another year.
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