Red

1997 Cardinale

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • Somm David T wrote: 96 points

    October 12, 2019 - The nose reveals; dark, sweet, tarry, currants, ripe, ruby, candied, blackberries, dark cherries, ripe black plum with soft skin, purple fruit blend, blueberries, creamy dark raspberries, mixed berry cola, anise to black licorice, notes of ripe port, sandstone/limestone, dark spices, steeped teas, dry & fresh herbaceousness, crushed, dry rocks, black tar, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, soft leather, saddle-wood, leather, dry & fresh tobacco, bay leaf with fresh & withering, very dark florals.

    The body is; full, round, velvety and drop dead, gorgeously sexy. Their 97 shows the excellence of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are in peak form. However, this wine has another 10 years ahead. The soft, round, silky tannins melt in your mouth. Dark, sweet, tarry, currants, ripe, ruby, candied, blackberries, dark cherries, ripe black plum with soft skin, purple fruit blend, blueberries, creamy dark raspberries, mixed berry cola, anise to black licorice, sandstone/limestone, dark spices, steeped teas, dry & fresh herbaceousness, crushed, dry rocks, rich, black, turned earth, black tar, dark chocolate, coco powder, caramel, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, soft leather, saddle-wood, leather, big graphite, some, subtle, grilled meats, dry & fresh tobacco, touch of black pepper, bay leaf with fresh & withering, very dark florals. The acidity is round and beautifully phat. The long, ruby, ripe, rich, well knitted texture & balance are outstanding and persists endlessly. Beautiful vintage and wine tonight!

  • Winedad53 wrote: 97 points

    September 1, 2019 - Astounding vibrancy and freshness leap out of the bottle, just a sensory overload of perfectly ripe fruit ranging from wild red berry to black plum, with hints of graphite and glycerine. I was never a great fan of Cardinale but this well-aged bottle at peak of its drinking window changed all that. More, please!

  • Mattshank wrote: 92 points

    March 16, 2019 - Nose: Fresh mint and eucalyptus hints. Palate: Still very youthful with dark fruits soft tannins and a magnificent elegant finish. Fantastic.

  • Taronti wrote: 92 points

    November 15, 2018 - Vanilla, red berries, cherries, pencil, toffee. Clean with a firm finish. Has lost some body but well preserved and pleasurable.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

    June 9, 2018 - Hezi's 65th Birthday Celebration (Chevalier Fine Wines - Chicago IL): Opened this alongside the 1996. Surprisingly firm and backward for the vintage, while still showing lots of ripe, fleshy fruit and very good concentration. I expect upside from here. The 1996 was more open but getting tired and less interesting to me, but half of the tasters preferred each.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Cardinale
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 010465229908

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  • In Cellars 862 (62%)
  • Consumed 534 (38%)

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