1996 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Atlas Peak
Drink between 2002 - 2015 (Edit)
CT91.5 36 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • nfurlong Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 6, 2021 - Poured from a Coravin I got as a Christmas present. Brick color tinged with orange (close to brown but not quite); nose of pepper, forest leaves and stewed black fruit; herbs, well-integrated tannins, black fruit; a bit past prime, but still drinking well.

  • nfurlong Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 17, 2019 - garnet brick hue; cassis stew with bramble and tar oil in the nose; black fruit, figs, sour apple, cedar box on the tongue; well-integrated soft tannins, long lingering aftertaste of roasted blackberry and tobacco.

  • mercurius wrote:

    March 20, 2018 - My last bottle. Barley hanging on but still delicious. Fruit is quickly fading completely away.

  • mercurius wrote: 92 points

    February 19, 2018 - Another great old cab. Lots of tobacco, humidor, and graphite on the nose. Red fruit is starting to fade. Still plenty of acid and integrated, smooth tannins. Saved one glass for the next day and the fruit has gone but the acid and tannins are still holding. I'll probably drink my last bottle soon.

  • rjquillin Likes this wine:

    February 17, 2018 - Pretty typical of other Ardente I've had. At 22 years it's showing it's age, but perhaps too much so. Drink up.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ardente Estate Winery
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Espressione
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Atlas Peak

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  • In Cellars 46 (25%)
  • Consumed 135 (75%)

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