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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Cardinale Red Meritage 1997
Cardinale Red Meritage 1997
(search item no. 17679)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $149.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

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.
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About Cardinale:

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.