Cardinale Red Wine 2012


SKU 06430


One of the quintessential American stories is the novel Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. It is a book that challenges the reader to listen in the individual characters as they relate the stories that imbue their lives in the Oregonian timber country. Kesey's masterpiece has different characters telling the story on the same page without the benefit of knowing who is speaking. The reader has to listen carefully during the first 50 or so pages to understand where each character fits and how the individual voice is identified. Cardinale is a collection of individual voices that tell a story, in this case the characters are the appellations and the story is the vintage. The individuality of the vineyards is there to enrich the experience. In 2012, the number of characters increased as the vintage was such that the quality of the expression of each appellation soared to the level of Cardinale's expectation. Blackberries, shale, hints of earth, currant, Asian spice and mountain minerality reside alongside a breadth of structural tannins and weight from the concentration of fruit. Like Kesey's novel the 2012 transports you by way of the characters/appellations to a time and a place that we will celebrate for years to come.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Cardinale
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateCardinale's 2012 Proprietary Red, the flagship wine from the Jackson Family, was looked after and put-together by winemaker Chris Carpenter from numerous vineyard sites traversing Napa Valley. The 2012's final blend was 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot with 94% new French oak used. Terroirists undoubtedly lament the fact that nine different vineyards and seven different appellations were utilized, but the resulting wine is prodigious. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted coffee, vanillin, baking spices and forest floor. With enormous complexity and richness as well as full-bodied power and voluptuousness, it is a wine of exceptional purity, intensity, and well-integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood. This seamless, majestic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2012 should drink well for two decades.

Robert Parker, October 2014
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorImpressively balanced and well-proportioned, centered on rich, deep currant, blackberry, wild berry and black licorice flavors, revealing a dusty, cedary oak side. Ends tight and structured. Drink now through 2028. 2,263 cases made.

James Laube, October 15, 2015