Red

1997 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Atlas Peak
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Community Tasting Notes 77

  • wineisred Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 5, 2018 - Aging very well, no hint of going over the hill, very smooth and layered.
    Drinking well right now and will probably hold for another 5 years. Enjoyed with a roast loin of Pork and grilled asparagus, great accompaniment. I wish I had more but, alas, all good things must end.

  • nfurlong Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 2, 2018 - My go-to wine for a special occasion. Pulled from a 55 degree cellar; and poured through a Vacuvin. Pristine cork, no visible signs of bricking. Sediment in the neck and shoulder of the bottle. Medium body. Beautifully aromatic and intoxicating nose. Spicy red currant, tobacco, leather, and red flowers. Palate dominated by earth tones, but there's still enough red fruit, tannic structure and acidity to support enjoying this with a chargrilled ribeye steak. Long, persistent finish. Thumbs up purchase and kudos to the producer!

  • scott w wrote:

    January 21, 2018 - Nice nose of aged cab, on the palate this bottle was fading and hanging on or dear life. Fruit fading and becoming shrill and acidic, also a lot of green. I like lean cabs but this one was too far gone,wife hated it.

  • joesi16 Likes this wine:

    January 12, 2018 - Not much has changed since last bottle. Holding up well but i'd rather drink it a little early than a second late.

  • Rich S Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 12, 2017 - Popped and poured but should have decanted for sediment. Nose of black cherry, black currant, slightly vegetal and earthy with some cedar cigar box and tobacco notes. Similar flavors on the palate with medium to medium+ acid. Tannins fully integrated, medium body. I would probably drink up if holding any while there is still some fruit left.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ardente Estate Winery
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Espressione
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Atlas Peak
  • UPC Code 897188000010

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 9 (1%)
  • In Cellars 142 (24%)
  • Consumed 453 (75%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Pot Roast, beef, Prime Rib, Steak, Tortilla crusted tilapia with a cajan spice along with some steamed brown rice w/ a touch of black trouffle butter.

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94% Like It  31 votes

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