Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009: panel tasting results

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High alcohols and uneven quality in the generic-level wines marred what was otherwise a fine tasting, with our experts recommending most wines for good medium-term drinking. See the top 18 Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009 wines here...
Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009, Cardinale
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Cardinale, Napa Valley
Decanter average score:
17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Stephen Brook 17 Yohann Jousselin MS 16.5 David Motion 17.5
Sleek, modern nose of purple fruits and spices, such as clove and black pepper. Great intensity, with touches of leather, cigar box and a plush, silky feel. Certainly has ample fruit and swagger, and plenty of energy to carry through onto the long finish.
Price POA Fells
Drink 2013–2025
Alc 14.5%