1999 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon) 750ml

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1999 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon)
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

(75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% merlot) Bright medium ruby. Classy aromas of blackcurrant, dark chocolate, coffee, leather and tobacco. Firm, tightly wound and backward, with flavors similar to the aromas. Faint complicating note of game. Solidly structured, elegant wine, finishing with serious but fine tannins, a peppery nuance and excellent persistence. Softened nicely with time in the recorked bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 93

The terrific 1999 (a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot) possesses a murky purple color as well as a sweet nose of vanilla, Asian spices, licorice, and blackberry/currant fruit. The wine is full-bodied, dense, and chewy, with moderately high tannin. This large-scaled, pure red will handsomely repay cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 92

Seductive earth, currant and spices lead to a smooth, supple-textured, richly flavored wine, with layers of currant, blackberry, coffee, mocha and mineral. Turns elegant and sophisticated, with hints of anise and cedar. Well-integrated tannins suggest short-term cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score:
Author: Jeff
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/21/2010
Sold @ $105 to Norm
More Vintages and Sizes of Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon):

2010 (750ml)

About This Producer


Cardinale Estate (currently owned by Kendall-Jackson) is located in Napa Valley's Oakville district. Its signature red is a Cabernet blend made from low-yielding vines situated in the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges. Cardinale sources grapes from Keyes Vineyard on Howell Mountain, Veeder Peak Vineyard, and To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. The vines are green harvested, after which grapes are hand-sorted and pressed in traditional basket presses. The aging is done in 100% new French barrels. Since 2001 Christopher Carpenter has been the wine maker.

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