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CARDINALE 11 CS
Item: #206980
Bottle Size: 750ml
RP: 91
$240.00
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CARDINALE 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 750mL

ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS - "The 2011 Cardinale is yet another of the superb 2011s I tasted from Chris Carpenter this year. At Cardinale, Carpenter has free reign to source fruit from any of the Kendall-Jackson properties in order to make the best wine possible. In particular, though, Carpenter has a real talent for working with mountain fruit. Readers should also check out the wines Carpenter made at Mt. Brave, Lokoya and La Jota, as they are all fabulous."

"The 2011 Cardinale is another of the many exceptional wines I tasted with Chris Carpenter this year. The 2011 is beautiful and exceptionally polished, but at the same time, the flavors are beautifully defined, crystalline in their beauty and flat-out striking. In this vintage, Cardinale is all about finesse and persistence, with less volume than some previous versions, but a touch more aromatic refinement. Today the 2011 is a bit compact, but I expect it to gain texture with more time in bottle. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot from vineyards on Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Diamond Mountain, the St. Helena bench and a small parcel in Yountville adjacent to Blankiet. Drinking window: 2016 - 2031."

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "Cardinale’s Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot aged in 90% new French oak, has always been one of the most impressive offerings from the Kendall-Jackson portfolio."

"Winemaker Christopher Carpenter, who is also responsible for the wines of Lokoya, has fashioned an opaque ruby/purple-colored 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offering notes of black cherries, black currants, and spicy oak, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, low acidity and light but sweet tannin. Another strong effort in this challenging vintage, it should drink well for 10-12 years."
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