Cardinale 2012

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One wine, that’s all, but what a wine!

I’m talking about “Cardinale.” In this case, from the Outstanding 2012 Vintage. Forged by winemaker Chris Carpenter, Cardinale focuses on grapes from mountain fruit from seven different AVA’s, Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder being the predominant, this vintage a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, a mix that changes with the strength of each year’s grape harvest, the wine seeing 94% French Oak during its almost two years of aging.

A flagship brand from the likes of the Jackson Family, the wine shows both elegance and refinement. Waves of lush dark fruit coming from the glass enticing you to wonder no longer just how breathtaking the wine actually tastes. The years since bottling have helped produce this superb and seamless wine of blackberry and spice that when sipped brings delight to your palate. The oak so well integrated bringing its own nuances to the wine with just a hint of rustic notes to balance the auspicious fruit in what could only be considered a long and pleasurable finish. Personal note: This wine right now is what I believe to be in its prime. Not that it won’t age further, just if you like more slightly vibrant fruit I would consider drinking soon. It only took about a half hour to open. I won't be able to test my theory as this was my only bottle (insert 5 minutes of crying here).

The wine the perfect choice for the dinner prepared; my fave of Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. A Steakhouse Restaurant meal at my favorite eatery “Chez Don.”

There may be one downside however; I can hear my daughter saying that I’m drinking her inheritance! Oh well!!