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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.
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.