1996 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon) 750ml

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WA 94   IWC 91   WS 89   JR 17.5   Collector 92
1996 Cardinale - Red (Meritage / Cabernet Sauvignon) Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Author: James Laube

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2003
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/13/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2020
Medium ruby red, opened yesterday and had a glass, let sit over night with a cork, wine evolved beautifully, much better with a lot of air. the nose is big and beautiful, soft well integrated tannins. a medium to long finish. Drink now and over the next five years.

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

401 bottles owned by 141 collectors.

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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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