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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Cardinale Red Meritage 2002
Cardinale Red Meritage 2002
(search item no. 84537)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $179.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni 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: 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
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The extraordinary 2002 Cardinale (88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot from vineyards Mount Veeder, Keyes, and To-Kalon) was aged in 100% new French oak. This inky/purple-colored Pauillac-styled red boasts notes of cedar wood, licorice, and black currants along with a smoky, ripe, full-bodied palate impression, terrific concentration, sweet tannin, and multiple layers. It should hit its peak in 2-4 years, and last through 2020."
-Wine Advocate
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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.