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2012 Cardinale - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WS
  • 16 JR
  • 91 JS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 435653-2012-750-3A
  • Rating: 91

    Figs and dried fruits with some tar predominate in the nose of this red wine. This has polished tannins, good bright fruit and a medium finish. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Rating: 92

    Impressively balanced and well-proportioned, centered on rich, deep currant, blackberry, wild berry and black licorice flavors, revealing a dusty, cedary oak side. Ends tight and structured.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 95

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cardinale from Cardinale is totally seamless and textured on the palate, with layers of ripe, racy fruit, tons of intensity and an opulent, voluptuous finish that captures the essence of this style to the T. Dark red stone fruits, cinnamon, cedar, tobacco and new leather linger on the creamy finish. Winemaker Chris Carpenter draws across the entire range of Kendall Jackson's Napa Valley properties to craft Cardinale. In 2012, the blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot from nine vineyards in a total of seven AVA's (Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain, Spring Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Stags' Leap, Yountville and St. Helena).
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Rating: 15

    Concentrated dark chocolate and black fruit aromatics mixed through with baking spice. The flavours carry through to the palate, though appear in the mouth more taut and dry than the succulent-seeming nose. Persistent oak tannins here lead to a sweet finish. (ECB)
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2014-2034
    Author: Chiang cellar
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: Steve and Lizzie

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 200 bottles owned
  • 38 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 38 collectors)