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Faultless, exemplary, superlative and quintessential would all be relevant descriptors for the new Cardinale Cabernet.  Pushing the boundaries of perfection, winemaker Chris Carpenter’s 2014 Cardinale has it all… The winery produces a single Cabernet Sauvignon each vintage that hails from some of Napa Valley’s most iconic regions, and always with a signature core of Mountain fruit.  More than just one wine, Cardinale embodies the best qualities from each site, molded into a symphony of flavors, textures and nuances, perfectly voicing the uniqueness of each vintage.  Provoking dramatic impressions of mountain blackberries, roasted coffee, graphite, and forest floor, this stunning beauty has already earned a massive 98 point score from Robert Parker.

Centered around a core of roughly 33% Spring Mountain and 25% Howell mountain fruit, the 2014 vintage details volcanic and loamy notes intermixed with majestic berries, vanillin and spices.  Founded in 1982 and based in Oakville, Cardinale has been on a steady climb to the top of qualitative hierarchy of Napa Valley cult wineries.  A brilliant wine in every vintage, but in 2014, words can hardly describe how stunningly gorgeous this wine is… With the 98 point score, this one is going to fly…

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From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, ”A magnificent wine made the by the brilliant winemaker Chris Carpenter, who also works for the Kendall-Jackson empire at Lakoya and a handful of other estates, this blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot is sourced from multiple vineyards owned by the Jacksons, from Veeder Peak to Spring Mountain to Howell Mountain. In 2014, it reminded me of a great vintage of Pontet-Canet from Pauillac, but slightly bigger than life. The inky purple color, the stunning nose of cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, graphite, crème de cassis and subtle new oak is followed by a multi-layered, profoundly concentrated, large-scaled wine with sensational levels of blackcurrant fruit moving toward blackberries. A wine of great intensity, silky tannins and adequate acidity, this is clearly one of the great, great wines of the vintage, and another tour de force in winemaking from Carpenter. It is a 15- to 20- year wine, but the window for drinking it is probably that big as well. P.S. If you want to catch Chris Carpenter doing something other than making exhilarating wine, check out the Rutherford Grill on Friday nights, where he tends bar and makes some pretty badass cocktails.” 98 Points

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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in


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