Cardinale Red Meritage 2002

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 84537
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP95
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • RP94
  • WS93
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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

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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