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Cardinale 1999

California, United StatesCardinale is a mountain wine made from fruit grown at select vineyards along the Mayacamas Range. Each is densely planted and low yielding including: Keyes (Howell Mountain) and Veeder Peak (Mt. Veeder). The '99 is a 75/25 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot and it's a 56/42 blend of Napa County and Sonoma County fruit. Look for a peppery, spicy, clove/ cassis nose with strong black cherry and earth aromas and some tobacco leaf in the background. Rich, round and elegant with some slightly bitter tannins but nicely balanced. Nice peppery, earthy, vanilla, cherry and cassis jam flavours with a mineral, leather earth finish. A refined, elegant style slightly marred by a modicum of bitter tannins in the finish.Tasted: 08 April 2004Tasted by: Anthony Gismondi and Stuart TobePrices: BC 210.00 Specialty Producer: CardinaleDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot