97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): "The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot. It opens with compelling chocolate box and licorice scents over a core of black and red currants, warm plums and baking spices with hints of cedar chest and pencil lead. The palate is full-bodied with layers of cassis and kirsch flavors framed by firm, grainy tannins and fabulous freshness, finishing long and spicy. Drink: 2022-2048. (Oct 2018)"
97 points Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel): "Deep garnet color and a lush nose of plum and vanilla. Silky with bright plum, soft new oak, and tangy acidity, this wine is another addition to winemaker Chris Carpenter's series of masterpieces for this label. It promises to have a very long life. (Mar 2020)"
96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2016 Cardinale is distinctly aromatic and nuanced. In 2016, winemaker Chris Carpenter built Cardinale around a core of Spring Mountain fruit. Perhaps for that reason, Cardinale is a bit more refined in the early going than is often the case. Silky, fine-grained tannins and mid-weight structure frame expressive dark cherry, plum, chocolate and new leather, but it is really the wine's overall feel that stands out most. A dollop of Merlot adds to a feeling of openness in this super-expressive Cardinale from winemaker Chris Carpenter. A range of sites in Stags Leap, Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain, Mt. Veeder and St. Helena round out the blend. Drink: 2022-2036. (Dec 2018)"
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "With 11% Merlot, the grapes sourced from multiple stellar sites, this captivating red impresses in its firm grasp of complex herb and spice. Sage, clove and woody tannin grip a core of currant, cranberry and high-toned red fruit, the texture dusty and lengthy. This will do well in the cellar, but is equally irresistible now. Alcohol 14.5%. (Mar 2020)"
|Blend||89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot|