1996 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Atlas Peak

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Community Tasting Note

  • cmaldoon wrote: 87 points

    May 20, 2013 - 1996 Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon

    Pop and poor – approximately 55°

    The cork was flooded two thirds of the way up but not all the way through. Cork felt otherwise in good condition and gave one of the more satisfying pops I have had in a while.

    Color – medium depth brick red with great clarity

    Nose – moderate to aromatic cherry and sandalwood with a hint of mint

    Palate – dry, medium bodied, fresh acidity, low dry tannins. Moderate to flavorful levels of cherry, Cedar, and soy

    Overall – drinking right at its price point of $20 right now

    2 to 3 hours later

    Nose – Cherry, alcohol, and some baking spices but those are mostly thwarted by the heat

    Palate – less cherry, more cedar, and a bit more tannin

    Overall – Frankly not as good as earlier. I think this one is on its way downhill. By no means a disappointing by but I would drink soon.


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