Cardinale Red Meritage 1997

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 17679
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP95
  • WE95
  • WS93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • RP94
  • WS93
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Winemaker's Notes

The ideal growing season of 1997 resulted in a Cardinale wine of great depth and structure. Showcasing its extraordinary mountain vineyard sources, the 1997 Cardinale is a beautifully balanced, powerhouse wine with rich aromas and dark fruit flavors. This is the first vintage to include grapes from our Howell Mountain Estate vineyards. These grapes contribute to the wine's smooth complexity and lingering finish. 1997 Cardinale is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot.

Critical Acclaim

"There are 3,900 cases of the prodigious 1997 Cardinale, comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dollop of Merlot. The wine has an opaque bluish black/purple color, a knockout nose of black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis, lead pencil, mineral, and smoky oak. The glorious richness in the mouth is backed up by a full-bodied, opulently-textured, super-extracted wine that is neither heavy nor ponderous. Stunning purity, a fabulous multi-layered impression, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute make this the most exciting Cardinale to date."
95 Points

"Wonderfully proportioned, smooth and ripe, with rich black cherry, currant, wild berry and spice, offering depth and complexity, turning elegant and sophisticated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot."
93 Points

Learn About Cardinale Map ItMap It

In 1983, Jess Jackson, proprietor of Kendall-Jackson Winery, decided to produce a world-class red Meritage wine. The name comes from the original Cardinale vineyard site at Kendall-Jackson's Lakeport winery. The wine is made predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with small amounts of Merlot and, in certain years, Cabernet Franc. Grapes are harvested from hillside vineyards located in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak Chateau barrels to produce a forward, seamless oak character to match its intense fruit.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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