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Rating: B-C
Jul 10th, 2005
7600 St Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94558

Phone: 707 948 2643

Hours: Open Daily 10.30am - 5pm

Club/Discounts: No Club

Tasting Fees: Atalon: $10 for 4 wines. Cardinale (Reserve Tasting): $20 for 3 Cabernets

The Cardinale winery represents Atalon wines and Cardinale wines (reserve) at a stunning location in Oakville. The winery is up on a hill with incredible views overlooking Napa Valley. This is a high end winery yet you do not require an appointment (sign your name as you go in), and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The tasting room is in the relatively new stone winery and you are allowed to take your wines outside and enjoy the scenery, or sample the wines at the large tasting bar.

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2001 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon ($120)Rating: C-D
Jul 10th, 2005
75% Cab, 25% Merlot. Excellent. Definitely the best wine of the winery and at the same price as the '98 and '00, definitely the best value. This wine is very complex with a big finish. It should hold for years.
2000 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon ($120)Rating: C
Jul 10th, 2005
75% Cab, 25% Merlot. A nicer finish than the 1998, this is a complex, good wine.
1998 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon ($120)Rating: B-C
Jul 10th, 2005
84% Cab, 16% Merlot. Very soft yet still fruity, this wine is drinking well right now.
2000 Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot ($45)Rating: B-C
Jul 10th, 2005
The 2000 Mountain Estate had just been released when we were visiting (July 2005). It has a very nice finish which will last quite a few years but is "missing flavor upfront". This wine is "all finish"
2001 Atalon Keyes Vineyard Merlot ($60)Rating: B-C
Jul 10th, 2005
The Keyes Vineyard is 100% merlot from Howell Mountain in Napa. It's a nice, smooth merlot yet was still "missing something". Dave found it "softer". A nice wine.
2001 Atalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($35)Rating: B-C
Jul 10th, 2005
A light Cabernet with nice upfront flavor yet not much of a finish. This wine is still very young.
2001 Atalon Napa Valley Merlot ($25)Rating: B
Jul 10th, 2005
Ian tasted raspberries. I got a slightly metallic finish. An average merlot, not good value, but drinkable.

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