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2001 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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5/5/2015 - bjwca Likes this wine: 92 points

Beautiful ruby red color. Strong black currant scent on the nose. Plenty of fruit remaining in this wine. Well structured California Cab.
Very enjoyable.

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2004 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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5/5/2015 - klausner1 wrote: 90 points

Notes consistent with last bottle. Elegant, less fruit forward style. This bottle had a more expressive nose of red and black fruit and earth. Drink up.

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2006 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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5/4/2015 - brubron wrote: NR

pretty straight forward, napa cab. fine for the price.

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2004 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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4/28/2015 - klausner1 wrote: 89 points

Medium purple. Dusty nose of red and black baked fruits. In style very much like an elegant Bordeaux. Palate is fairly dry. Red and black fruit Fruit is dusty, baked, and restrained. Acid and tannins are balanced. Decent finish shows some green pepper and herbal qualities. This is not at all a typical Napa Cab, so if that is what you are looking for you are going to be disappointed. Very good with food. I would drink up, it is definitely starting down the backside of the hill.

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2006 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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4/9/2015 - Dexter Morgan wrote: 91 points

Full, ruby appearance. Lovely bouquet of cherries, raspberries, and cedar over notes of leather, conifer, and mountain air. Tightly wound but resolves itself after an hour in the glass, offering a full body, plenty of red fruit, and flavors that toggle between youth and maturity. Exhibits grip and length on the green peppercorn finish. This is a serious effort. Decant or let it slumber a few more years.

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2004 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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4/5/2015 - Halfeel Does not like this wine: 81 points

I am on the side of those who find this wine to have a very poor QPR. Little on the palate and no finish to speak of. Wine Library owes us all a refund in my opinion. Do they read these tasting notes?

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1997 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

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4/4/2015 - jdhart306 wrote: NR

Very similar to last time I had this around two years ago. Decanted for about an hour. Great nose of cherries and cassis. On the palate, cassis again with a little pepper leading to a long finish. However, this wine started to fall apart after an hour in the glass and became only a shell of what it once was. Nose was still great, but the profile was quite diminished on the palate. Drink up.

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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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2/9/2015 - LaCroix Likes this wine: 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.

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2004 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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2/1/2015 - BeaverBob Likes this wine: 87 points

Bright with cherries on nose and palette.

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1997 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

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1/10/2015 - nathanbsmith Likes this wine: 92 points

Still amazing!!

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1997 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

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1/5/2015 - nlassow Likes this wine: NR

This bottle was easily the best of 4 consumed over the last 2 years. We were smitten with it. Perfect cork, not much sediment, mild/moderate bricking, less herb on the nose and more developed dark berry fruit. If only they all could have been close to this good. Still lots of earth and paired well with mushroom mac n cheese with a thick colorado lamb loin chop. Makes me wonder if this wine was in a dumb phase and is peaking now?

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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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12/29/2014 - nathanbsmith Likes this wine: 92 points

FANTASTIC!!!!

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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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12/22/2014 - nathanbsmith Likes this wine: 92 points

Delicious Napa Cab!!

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2004 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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12/22/2014 - pinotron Does not like this wine: 80 points

Terrible..............poured down the drain

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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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12/17/2014 - klezman wrote: NR

Delicious aged Napa cab.

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2001 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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12/10/2014 - maitredgreg2 Likes this wine: 95 points

I've previously rated this wine a 92, but after tonight, I've increased it by 3 points. Two years ago this wine had an absurd barnyard funk that took some time to blow off, afterwards revealing some subliminal dark fruit flavors, with a touch of licorice and expresso notes, with the same on the palate, and a lingering streaky finish of red fruit & coffee, for about 15 to 20 sec. Tonight this wine turned into a complete Cinderella, with the aromas of dark cherry and raspberry scents, of incredible magnitude, leading the way on the nose, with slight undertones of red licorice & candied spice. The palate unleashed a stupendish array of flavors ranging from Kirsh Liqueur to a volumptuous blackberry creme a la mode, with a harmonious light mocha flavor, along with the acidity to suspend the finish for at least 30sec. +. This wine can improve for another 3 to 5 years, based on the fruit, tannins, acidity, & alchol, if stored correctly. Clearly a 20 year wine. 95+ By the way, it was a tie, if not one notch above the 2010 Laird Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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1996 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

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11/25/2014 - boatman72 Likes this wine: 90 points

Nicely balanced wine, leather and pencil lead early, then nice fruit on the mid palate, (can't remember the fruit since I drank it several days ago) and a very smooth finish. Sorry for the brief description, but I was just drinking it late at night over two days, not in a super analyzing mood, but I just remember that it was smoothhhhhh!!!!

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2003 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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11/27/2014 - elevwine Likes this wine: 90 points

Medium-bodied cab, Bordeaux-style with restrained red fruits, a bit dusty and acidic. May have waited a year or more too long as this is past it's peak, but still a good wine and good value.

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2001 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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11/19/2014 - Furry Goat wrote: 91 points

Nose is sweet, fruity, and herbal. Cherry and sweet tobacco stand out.

The palate has nice acid and mellow, mature tannins. Shows cherry, cola, milk chocolate, some meatiness like a smoked brisket maybe. Finish is long and spicy mellowing to soft red fruits.

Delicious. Drink now!

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2001 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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11/15/2014 - dischome wrote: 91 points

7 / 10 $41 Reorder Not complex but smooth and clean

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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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11/7/2014 - joesi16 wrote: NR

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.

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2007 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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8/9/2014 - Furry Goat wrote: 88 points

Open for 3 hours before I got to it. Nose has the classic Ardente funk, cured meat, strawberry, cherry, and tobacco are all on the nose.

Palate is entering tart cherry, cola, full mouth feel with a weighty tannic grit. If I ha more is save them for another 5+ years.

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1996 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

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7/4/2014 - Charlie Pendejo Likes this wine: NR

Perfect with monster charcoal-grilled rib steaks, on the Fourth of July, camping. I've said this wine will be just fine for some years to come, and I believe it will, but I'm zooming through my stash because it's drinking damn well and because I have few other bottles so well-aged.

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2006 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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7/2/2014 - ICaWineGuy wrote: 90 points

Just a really, really solid bottle of $20 cab. You can't go wrong with this one. Cork was saturated only up to 1/8 of an inch, with moisture up to 25% of the cork. I think this is good for a while. See previous notes.

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1996 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

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6/16/2014 - Charlie Pendejo Likes this wine: NR

Yeah, like my earlier note, this showed very nicely again, considerably fresher than any of my bottles of the 1997 did. Robust acidity, 13% alcohol per the label: this is very nicely balanced for the table (and enjoyable on its own), emphatically not evocative of fruit syrup+vodka.

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