2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Atlas Peak
Drink between 2008 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • Wineaux67 Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 22, 2019 - After a 2 hour decant, the stinger herbal notes mellowed. Fruit was toned down as would be expected of a wine this age. There was still plenty of structure left. Drinking well right now.

  • wmccone54 wrote:

    July 14, 2018 - I held this purposely to understand the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon aging process. Clearly fully mature and in decline. Some signs of bricking at the edges, but the core is still, clear deep ruby. Fully developed and mature with pronounced complex aromas and flavors, as the primary fruit is mostly absent, replaced by aromas of spicy jalapeño pepper, smokey leather, dried tomato leaf, ground black currant leaf, dried tobacco, and parched, rocky earth. Vestiges of red currant persist in the background. Surprisingly there is still acid and tannin in support. Weak finish as expected. I’m still holding some “higher end” 2001 Cabs, so we’ll see how they fare!

  • Santiagogomez wrote:

    May 14, 2017 - drink by 2017

  • nathanbsmith Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 23, 2016 - P&P through a soriee decanter. A nice amount of dark sediment was present on the bottom of the cork.

    COLOR: garnet red ever so slightly cloudy.
    NOSE: funky, tobacco, cedar
    TASTE: initial taste reminded me of other bottles of a different vintage. Cedar and tobacco; very balanced in the palate.
    IMPRESSIONS: I'm a fan of Ardente CS and this 12 year old bottle did not disappoint.

  • LaCroix Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 9, 2015 - 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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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ardente Estate Winery
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Grande Riserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Atlas Peak
  • UPC Code 897188020025

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 125 (35%)
  • Consumed 227 (64%)

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