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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerArdente Estate Winery (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationGrande Riserva
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationAtlas Peak
UPC Code(s)897188020025

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 41 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by LaCroix on 2/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Following previous advice, I decanted 90 minutes before dinner with a Venturi. I normally don't smell the cork, but the dark color drew me to it and I was surprised at the hint of a special wine.

Pouring from the decanter, an initial smell and taste excited me. A bouquet of blackberries and tobacco, the fruit was muted on tasting, with a long silky finish. By dinner this wine opened up even more. It was a hit along with my wife's pot roast. This wine has matured very well after 27 months in our cellar. (733 views)
 Tasted by nathanbsmith on 12/29/2014 & rated 92 points: FANTASTIC!!!! (1055 views)
 Tasted by nathanbsmith on 12/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Delicious Napa Cab!! (1075 views)
 Tasted by klezman on 12/17/2014: Delicious aged Napa cab. (1499 views)
 Tasted by joesi16 on 11/7/2014: Poured a taste and wasn't happy, the wine had an off flavor and i was worried that it might be a bad bottle. Came back about an hour later and thankfully it was much improved. So let it breathe. (1502 views)
 Tasted by klezman on 4/14/2014: Doing just brilliantly. Great fruit, nice dust, tannins resolved, plenty of life left so no rush. Wish I had more of this stuff, especially at the woot price. (2323 views)
 Tasted by ddmhunter on 3/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Aged very well, awesome QPR (1522 views)
 Tasted by wmccone54 on 11/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted to allow the sediment to settle. Big aromatic and perfumed nose of dried red currants and cherries, tobacco, leather, spicy cinnamon, and piney, wet earth. Still plenty of balanced and dusty red fruit, and mocha in the mouth; tannins are rounded and well integrated. Great long finish. Enjoy with or without food. Fanatic QPR given the quality and age. (2001 views)
 Tasted by merryberry on 10/12/2013 & rated 90 points: Dark magenta with a bit of garnet. Soft nose of red fruit, spice and forest. Medium bodied, blackberries, black cherries, pepper, dusty tannins, tobacco, decent acid, and a dark chocolate medium finish. This was a bit bretty on night 1, but is drinking very nicely tonight. (2200 views)
 Tasted by nathanbsmith on 9/28/2013 & rated 91 points: Tasting 9/28/13: Color: burgundy, crimson, brown
Nose: cherry, strong, fingernail polish
Palate: full-bodied, creamy texture, cherry, tart (1490 views)
 Tasted by Aparritz on 8/24/2013 & rated 90 points: Lots of earth and dried red fruit here. Decanted half the bottle for 2 hours and drank the other half in glasses every 30 minutes or so. each lot was different but the 2 hour decant was the best. Not as much rich flavor as I hoped for, but still very complex and good. (1307 views)
 Tasted by nathanbsmith on 8/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Another fantastic aged Cab from Ardente. (1099 views)
 Tasted by kmays on 7/15/2013 & rated 91 points: All the other reviews have it right. Delicious, smooth, complex. Glad I have two bottles. (1079 views)
 Tasted by wmccone54 on 6/20/2013 & rated 91 points: PnP. Very slight bricking, but in excellent condition for almost eleven years old. Perfumed. Mature, and complex, displaying mostly dried red fruits and plenty of earthiness and tobacco. There are still slight vestiges of some black fruit but flavors seem to have evolved mostly toward red. Tannins well integrated. Great, long smooth finish. Great find on Woot @ $21 a few months back. (1099 views)
 Tasted by Furry Goat on 4/30/2013 & rated 92 points: The nose shows big tobacco, black licorice, and cherry. Sweet and pungent. The palate shows candied cherry, black olive, leather mitt, and dark chocolate. This wine still has a pleasing amount of tannin present especially coming through on the mid palate. Good fruit, balance, and complexity. I am enjoying this wine so much more than the last time. Sad it's my last bottle. Long finish. (1307 views)
 Tasted by Bigluch1 on 4/3/2013 & rated 89 points: Consistent with previous tasting notes (1433 views)
 Tasted by Sandydog on 3/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Blackberries, aged nicely, smooth (1159 views)
 Tasted by wmccone54 on 3/30/2013 & rated 91 points: There's nothing like a well aged Cabernet or Bordeaux! Decanted briefly to allow sediment to settle. Signs of bricking as the color is brownish purple. Opens up immediately with aromas of currant, tobacco, sweet dark berries, and some mocha. Tannins are well integrated and the flavors are complex, the palate smooth, but still vibrant for an eleven year old wine. Medium finish. Definitely a great QPR at $21 from Woot and a pleasant surprise. Drinking very well at present but should be consumed over the next two years. (1021 views)
 Tasted by WABonsaiGuy on 3/27/2013 & rated 88 points: Color: brick/maroon
Nose: currant, slight farm, grapey
Mouth: fruity, sharp tannins at first
Finish: smooth, ripe (1041 views)
 Tasted by Bigluch1 on 3/18/2013 & rated 89 points: PnP. Nose has some dark fruit, currant, barn yard funk as others mentioned. Taste is slight dark fruit/cherry, earthy, some spice and a hint of chocolate. Tannins are integrated and the wine overall is very smooth. Color is dark red/brick. Light-Medium finish. Overall it was a decent wine worth trying, but I was not blown away. Also, after the wine had more than a few hours of air, it seemed to get pretty muted at that point and did not have a lot of stuffing left over. I would say drink this now or within the next couple years. (1156 views)
 Tasted by cmaldoon on 3/1/2013 & rated 88 points: Solid middle fruit middle aged cab. Took 15 min for some bottle age funk to blow off. Not much tannin left in this one. Quite tasty. (1307 views)
 Tasted by nathanbsmith on 2/3/2013 & rated 91 points: Earthy, ripe flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis. This full bodied wine is well balanced with moderate tannins and a long, expansive finish. (1647 views)
 Tasted by Jzez1998 on 12/31/2012 & rated 92 points: really in a nice place right now. great bottle (2002 views)
 Tasted by Furry Goat on 12/25/2012 & rated 89 points: Nose is amazing. Currant, that barnyard I love, leather, smoke, and eucalyptus. Palate is almost completely devoid of fruit. Earth, lots of black olives, chalk, chocolate, and slight spice. Maybe slight blueberry and I ripe cherry on the fruit side if you really search for it. Strong tannins, dark burgundy with a brick rim. Medium finish. All of this after a 1.5hr decant. (1717 views)
 Tasted by citizen1 on 12/24/2012 & rated 91 points: QPR ridiculous - $20 for a bottle. Very good California CS (1668 views)
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Ardente Estate Winery

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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

2002 Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 750ml

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a richly textured wine with intense, ripe flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis. This full bodied wine is well-balanced with moderate tannins and a long, expansive finish. The harvest is intentionally delayed until the end of October to guarantee complete ripeness of the grapes. The resulting wine is then aged for eighteen months in French Oak barrels and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The character and elegance of this Cabernet Sauvignon with its profound dark fruit intensity is then blended in complete harmony with the bursting cherry flavor of Ardente's merlot.

Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Harvest dates: October 21 - November 10
Age of Vines: 14 years
Fermentation: 14 - 20 days
Alcohol Level: 14%
pH Level: 3.58
Residual Sugar Level: Dry
Acid Level: 0.57 grams/1 00 mls
Aging Process: 18 months in small French oak barrels, 40% new French oak
650 cases produced

Cabernet Sauvignon



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