Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011

$249.99

Rare releaase of one of Napa's most sought-after collector Cabs. Limited.96 Points Antonio Galloni:  "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."The Cardinale Estate is situated on its own knoll in the heart of Napa Valley's renowned Oakville District. It consists of a striking stone winery, which features a spacious tasting room with expansive views overlooking the valley.  Cardinale creates a single wine from each vintage. The wine is a limited production Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend made from distinct and diverse mountain vineyards situated in the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges surrounding the Napa Valley.

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Ratings on Delectable

Daniel Mahdavian Delectable Pro

Consulting Somm-Daniel Mahdavian Ventures

Mint full mouth. Layered. Full house. Deep purple. Vanilla and spice. Blue chip and rich.

Mint full mouth. Layered. Full house. Deep purple. Vanilla and spice. Blue chip and rich.

9.5

Rebecca Fletcher Delectable Pro

Black fruit, cherry, and plum. Sage, spice, and green chili. M tannin, M+ body and intensity. Dark chocolate, mixture of black and red fruit. Creamy texture. Long finish.

Black fruit, cherry, and plum. Sage, spice, and green chili. M tannin, M+ body and intensity. Dark chocolate, mixture of black and red fruit. Creamy texture. Long finish.

9.0

Clarissa Nagy Delectable Pro

Dark fruit, luscious tannins, rich body

Dark fruit, luscious tannins, rich body

9.3

Joshua Blissett Delectable Pro

Wow!! This was certainly a nice gift from a friend!

Wow!! This was certainly a nice gift from a friend!

9.6

John Malcolm

Rated this three years ago. Still holding up beautifully. Decadent, sexy, and elegant. Incredible bouquet. Cassis, dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, coffee, and chocolate. Amazing wine from a less than amazing year.

Rated this three years ago. Still holding up beautifully. Decadent, sexy, and elegant. Incredible bouquet. Cassis, dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, coffee, and chocolate. Amazing wine from a less than amazing year.

9.7

Winston Biltz

An outstanding wine that has every desirable quality I want in a Napa Cab. Balanced and complex, long finish, currants, cassis, and blackberries. Subtle use of oak.

An outstanding wine that has every desirable quality I want in a Napa Cab. Balanced and complex, long finish, currants, cassis, and blackberries. Subtle use of oak.

9.4

John Malcolm

Spectacular! Dark fruits. Lots of black cherry, blueberries, dark chocolate, and sweet tannins. One of the most lovely and luscious finishes I can recall in quite some time. Hats off to Chris Carpenter. I have several more bottles in my cellar which I will enjoy for several more years, but I still wish I had more.

Spectacular! Dark fruits. Lots of black cherry, blueberries, dark chocolate, and sweet tannins. One of the most lovely and luscious finishes I can recall in quite some time. Hats off to Chris Carpenter. I have several more bottles in my cellar which I will enjoy for several more years, but I still wish I had more.

9.7

DE

Amazing..complex..had it with Bison tenderloin and it showed big and complimented perfect. Elegant but still big Cab flavors.. a tint of sweetness on the backend is a rare treat.

Amazing..complex..had it with Bison tenderloin and it showed big and complimented perfect. Elegant but still big Cab flavors.. a tint of sweetness on the backend is a rare treat.

9.5

Edmond Bordelon Delectable Pro

Chris Carpenter blends this majestic wine from their four mountain top vineyards. Diamond Mountain, Spring Mountain, Mt Veeder and Howell Mountain. 98 points, and it tastes like it. While everyone had a hard time with 2011, the higher elevations had a better yield, and it is expressed in this opulent wine.

Chris Carpenter blends this majestic wine from their four mountain top vineyards. Diamond Mountain, Spring Mountain, Mt Veeder and Howell Mountain. 98 points, and it tastes like it. While everyone had a hard time with 2011, the higher elevations had a better yield, and it is expressed in this opulent wine.

9.6

Caleb Romo

Absolutely delicious! Big, awesome tannins!

Absolutely delicious! Big, awesome tannins!

9.4

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