CARDINALE
Location: California, Napa Valley usa
Vintage Wine Color Rating
2014 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 97
2013 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 98
2012 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 97
2009 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 97
2007 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 96
2006 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 96
2005 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 96
2002 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 97
1998 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 93
1997 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 95
1995 CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  wine 94

 

 


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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014


The 2014 Cardinale is a captivating blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot from talented winemaker Chris Carpenter. This is truly an appellation wine, as it was sourced from vineyards across the entire region with Spring Mountain District (Yverdon, Wurtele and Spring Mountain Vineyard) the base, to which Veeder Peak and sites in the Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain and other sub-appellations round out the blend. The result is an utterly complex Cabernet which immediately opens to profound aromatics of ripe dark currants and black cherries woven together with graphite, spring florals, pipe tobacco and touches of sweet spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, layered and beautifully polished with gorgeous ripe dark fruits at its core. It remains dense and concentrated as it builds up to the long, voluptuous finish. While the 2014 is already absolutely stunning, it also possesses all the characteristics to indicate a fantastic future ahead. (Best 2020-2038)

97 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013


The 2013 Cardinale is an absolutely sensational showing in this vintage from winemaker Chris Carpenter. It is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, which was sourced from both mountain and valley floor vineyards across the entire region. This wine beautifully captures the outstanding qualities from this excellent vintage, as it opens with seductive aromas of ripe black cherries, dark currants and blueberries followed by spring florals, graphite, cinnamon and mocha notes all coming together and soaring from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied and dense with layers of beautifully concentrated fruits resonating throughout. Despite its dense core, this remains remarkably balanced with gorgeous underlying acidity and a well-structured, polished frame keeping everything in perfect harmony all the way through the persistent finish. Today, this is already extremely compelling and just about impossible to resist, however that being said, this also displays the potential to age gracefully for decades to come. (Best 2018-2034)

98 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012


The 2012 Cardinale is a masterpiece of a wine from Chris Carpenter, composed from vineyards spanning across the entire Napa Valley. This blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot opens with intoxicating aromas of blackcurrants, black cherries, violets, graphite, mocha, spices and a hint of white truffle, which all take shape in the glass. On the palate this full-bodied, opulent wine shows outstanding depth and concentration, but remains beautifully balanced. It continues to impress with its gorgeous round, polished texture and long, multi-demsional finish. A complete wine with an incredible future ahead. (Best 2017-2034)

97 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009


The 2009 Cardinale is an utterly captivating wine from Chris Carpenter. Exotic, layered and stunning, this is an incredible blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot. Having an extremely deep hue, this opens with sensational aromatics of blackberry cobbler, hoisin sauce, mocha all coming together beautifully in the glass. The texture is rich and opulent, backed by mouthwatering acidity to add lovely balance. Flavors of crème de cassis, Black tea, mocha continue to impress as the exceedingly long finish dazzles. While nothing short of impressive now, this is still relatively young and should without doubt have a tremendous future ahead. (Best 2018-2035)

97 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2007


The 2007 Cardinale is shaping up remarkably well. The blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot opens with gorgeous aromatics of crème de cassis, roasted coffee grounds, eucalyptus and wild thyme. The rich texture is outstanding, as layers of ripe black fruits are accompanied by chocolate and coffee notes. This is beautifully structured with excellent overall depth and concentration through the finish. A simply remarkable wine with a wonderful future ahead. (Best 2018-2033)

96 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2006


A phenomenal showing, the 2006 Cardinale is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, which was sourced from various vineyards across the valley including Veeder Peak, W.S. Keyes, To Kalon, Taylor, Spring Mountain Vineyard and Van Z. The wine spent 19 months in 100% French oak, 100% new and begins with aromas of blackberry reduction, mocha, black tea and crushed mint. Massive and remarkably dense, this shows concentrated flavors of mocha, black tea, graphite and crème de cassis, that are held together beautifully. The mid-palate weight is impressive as the finish is extremely lengthy and generous. This is an utterly fascinating showing from talented winemaker Chris Carpenter. (Best 2018-2033)

96 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2005


The 2005 Cardinale Red Wine is fantastic blend of 88% Cabernet with 12% Merlot sourced from vineyards across the valley and spent 20 months in 100% French oak, 100% new. This opens to a gorgeous bouquet of crème de cassis, black tea, graphite and mocha which instantly begin to seduce. The texture is full and voluptuous, layered with flavors of mocha, sandalwood, black tea and blackberry reduction, which are underlined by wonderful minerality. Everything come together seamlessly, bringing this to an absolutely sublime finish. Overall, this is a stunning Cabernet from Chris Carpenter, which is still somewhat in the early stage of its maturity. (Best 2018-2033)

96 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2002


The 2002 Cardinale Red Wine is an absolutely stunning blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot. The fruit was sourced primarily from Veeder Peak, with 26% from To Kalon Vineyard and 12% from W.S. Keyes. This spent 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels and offers exotic aromatics of red cherries and blackberry cobbler with rose petals and coffee grounds adding additional complexity. This has a marvelous combination of weight and tension, as layers of blackberry pie, mocha, anise and crème de cassis flavors impress. Today, this is utterly delicious, however it looks as if this will have plenty to give over the next decade and even beyond. (Best 2018-2033)

97 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1998


The 1998 is another fantastic wine from Cardinale, composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon with 16% Merlot. It delivers aromas of cherries and blackberry pie along with savoy and herb characteristics. The polished and soft texture makes this wine shine, as flavors of black tea, anise and blackberry pie continue to add complexity. While this is drinking beautifully now, it also shows the potential to withstand another decade in the cellar. (Best 2018-2027)

93 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1997


The 1997 Cardinale is a total beauty and drinking incredibly well after two decades. Composed of a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot, this begins with aromas of black cherries, Turkish coffee and tar which all soar from the glass. The texture is highly compelling, as the wine yields black cherries, black olive and Turkish coffee flavors. Rich and decadent, this sensational wine may be at its peak today, however should continue to cellar well for a decade or possibly more for those willing to wait. (Best 2018-2028)

95 points

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1995


The 1995 Cardinale is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot. This wine is now more than 20 years old and still showing beautifully. Earthy aromatics dominate with leather, dusty earth and red cherries with red currants. The texture is seamless and the tannins have beautifully integrated, as the wine shows red cherry, boysenberry, smoked meat and savory nuances that all come together. This is a fantastic effort and despite its age looks to have at least another decade of evolution ahead. (Best 2018-2027)

94 points

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