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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Cardinale Red Meritage 2006
Cardinale Red Meritage 2006
(search item no. 102655)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $175.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
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:

Cardinale is more than one wine - it is several wines from disparate mountain and benchland vineyards along the Mayacamas and Vaca ranges that surround Napa Valley. Every bottle reveals the artistic sensibility of the winemaker, each vineyard lot fused into a seamless blend in which you can sense the constituent parts, but still taste them as one wine. Our philosophy is guided by the pursuit of grape selectivity in the vineyard, gentle handling and the ability to accommodate the different winemaking needs of each vintage.

"In the late 1980's an elite group of musicians called The Traveling Wilburys was formed. It consisted of musicians like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Roy Orbison. Each were legends in their own right, yet together they formed a band that layered the musicians' individual sounds and created a harmony that spoke to the times. Cardinale mirrors that unique fusion in a wine as the 2006 captures and harmonizes the expressive tones of each vineyard source. The expansive aromatic comes through first with Mt. Veeder's dark fruit and minerality followed by Howell Mountain freshly brewed French roast and a hint of Stag's Leap cassis. The palate conveys the floral tones of Spring Mountain, the lushness of Oakville's To Kalon and the backbone of Mt. Veeder." Christopher Carpenter, Cardinale Winemaker

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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.