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Cardinale Red Wine 2014
SKU: AW631214

Cardinale Red Wine 2014

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Cardinale
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
It's polished, pure and elegant, even at this early stage of its bottled life. The mountain-grown fruit from Veeder Peak on Mount Veeder was the foundation of the 2013 Cardinale, lending it sturdy structure and powerful fruit concentration. In contrast, Spring Mountain District (Yverdon, Wurtele and Spring Mountain Vineyard) showed strong during the blending of 2014 Cardinale and is the base to which Veeder Peak and sites in the Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain and other sub-appellations added complexity. Spring Mountain's textbook floral aromas, finer tannins and vibrant dark-red fruit give the 2014 seamlessness and approachability now, yet it has the acid and tannin backbone to allow it to mature gracefully in the cellar.
Wine Advocate
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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 its 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.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016