Cardinale

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

9.462 ratings
9.316 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck
Top Notes For
Angela Bortugno

This is REAL Cabernet. Chock full of black fruit with great structure from mountain grown grapes.

This is REAL Cabernet. Chock full of black fruit with great structure from mountain grown grapes.

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Rich mixed fruits, violets and a touch of lavender on the nose. Beautiful, rich, silky creamed style dark fruits; blackberries, black plums, plums, black raspberries, dark cherries. Tannins are at the halfway point of resolving. Mocha chocolate, caramel, black licorice, some vanilla, rich moist dark earth, dry stems, dried florals, nice rich mouthfeel, elegant round, finish. It's got it all; structure, balance, length and perfect tension. Nice plums on the finish.

Rich mixed fruits, violets and a touch of lavender on the nose. Beautiful, rich, silky creamed style dark fruits; blackberries, black plums, plums, black raspberries, dark cherries. Tannins are at the halfway point of resolving. Mocha chocolate, caramel, black licorice, some vanilla, rich moist dark earth, dry stems, dried florals, nice rich mouthfeel, elegant round, finish. It's got it all; structure, balance, length and perfect tension. Nice plums on the finish.

Jan 14th, 2017
Christanna Honer

As our fearless leader of the afternoon said, "this smells expensive". Yes, much like a super fancy swanky mocha latte does.

As our fearless leader of the afternoon said, "this smells expensive". Yes, much like a super fancy swanky mocha latte does.

Sep 24th, 2015
Steve Steese

Dense and savory, with a lifted herbal note at the finish. Once again Chris Carpenter proves to be one of the great winemakers in Napa.

Dense and savory, with a lifted herbal note at the finish. Once again Chris Carpenter proves to be one of the great winemakers in Napa.

Aug 23rd, 2015
Dan Bock

Opened on my 5th year anniversary with my wife. Great wine with nose of tobacco, leather and cocoa with hints of bing cherries. Flavors similar with even more of the dark fruits showing through. Medium tannins and a finish that lasted for close to a minute if not longer. Loved this wine and this is one to remember. Cheers!

Opened on my 5th year anniversary with my wife. Great wine with nose of tobacco, leather and cocoa with hints of bing cherries. Flavors similar with even more of the dark fruits showing through. Medium tannins and a finish that lasted for close to a minute if not longer. Loved this wine and this is one to remember. Cheers!

Jun 2nd, 2014
Holly Wyatt

Thanks Des! Amazing nightcap.

Thanks Des! Amazing nightcap.

Jun 3rd, 2013
Alex Hughes

A medium bodied cab that packs a big punch. Very well made. Didn’t quite live up to the price but v. good.

A medium bodied cab that packs a big punch. Very well made. Didn’t quite live up to the price but v. good.

Dec 22nd, 2018
J Melser

Red plum, hint of blackberry complemented by a rusty red color showing considerable age for a wine that has been cellared at the Domaine for a decade. Full body, insanely smooth through the palate with excellent and velvety tannins complete a long and elegant finish (almost a minute) showing earthy tones, though slightly hidden by the ripe and balanced fruit. Did not pick up a material amount of florals.

Red plum, hint of blackberry complemented by a rusty red color showing considerable age for a wine that has been cellared at the Domaine for a decade. Full body, insanely smooth through the palate with excellent and velvety tannins complete a long and elegant finish (almost a minute) showing earthy tones, though slightly hidden by the ripe and balanced fruit. Did not pick up a material amount of florals.

Dec 16th, 2017
DE
9.8

Wow..layers and layers of flavor..very silky

Wow..layers and layers of flavor..very silky

Oct 24th, 2017
AG
9.3

Still big and bold. Fruit forward. Barely begun to change in color. Finishes smooth, liquid silk.

Still big and bold. Fruit forward. Barely begun to change in color. Finishes smooth, liquid silk.

Apr 25th, 2017