The 2013 Cardinale is an absolutely sensational showing in this vintage from winemaker Chris Carpenter. It is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, which was sourced from both mountain and valley floor vineyards across the entire region. This wine beautifully captures the outstanding qualities from this excellent vintage, as it opens with seductive aromas of ripe black cherries, dark currants and blueberries followed by spring florals, graphite, cinnamon and mocha notes all coming together and soaring from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied and dense with layers of beautifully concentrated fruits resonating throughout. Despite its dense core, this remains remarkably balanced with gorgeous underlying acidity and a well-structured, polished frame keeping everything in perfect harmony all the way through the persistent finish. Today, this is already extremely compelling and just about impossible to resist, however that being said, this also displays the potential to age gracefully for decades to come.