Wine Advocate 96 points - Strikingly graceful, refined, dense and polished, this presents a tight-knit core of dark berry, black licorice, crushed rock and floral-violet scents, keeping its focus and ending with an amazing finish. Best from 2013 through 2028.—J.L.
2008 CARDINALE RED NAPA
"Over 1,000 cases of the 2008 Cardinale were made from a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Merlot. Interestingly, the To-Kalon portion is the only fruit source located on the valley floor, which is not surprising given Jess Jackson’s propensity to buy, plant and source fruit from high elevation hillside and mountain sites. The 2008 exhibits a dense purple color along with sweet kirsch, unsmoked cigar tobacco, toasty oak and black currant characteristics. The wine hits the palate with a resounding opulence, full-bodied richness, moderate, sweet, well-integrated tannins and a long, heady finish. There is a floral component in the 2008 that was not noticeable in the 2007. This beautiful, full-bodied wine was aged 21 months in 100% new French oak. Slightly more evolved than the 2007, the 2008 should last for 20-25+ years." Robert Parker 96 points
|Cardinale Estate is situated on a hillock in the heart of the Oakville District overlooking the beautiful Napa Valley. Cardinale produces a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine made from prestigious vineyard sites along the Mayacamas and Vaca mountains that frame the Napa Valley. The wine is nurtured and animated through careful mountain viticulture and innovative artisan methods.