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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Cardinale Red Meritage 1999
Cardinale Red Meritage 1999
(search item no. 53332)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $119.99

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
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cardinale established itself to be in the midst of a handful of the most consistently exceptional red wines in the world. It is an intricate composition of superlative vineyard sites with stand-alone excellence. Definitely Cabernet Sauvignon, predominately from the Napa Valley, wine comes from three mountain estate vineyards on Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain and Alexander Mountain. Cardinale provides a powerful sensory experience rich in complex aromas, layered flavors and seamless texture. In the words of Robert Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate, Cardinale "is one of the profound wines being produced in northern California." Less than 3000 cases produced.
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Additional wines from Cardinale:

  • 1996 (search item no. 4018)

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.