The 2014 Cardinale is a captivating blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot from talented winemaker Chris Carpenter. This is truly an appellation wine, as it was sourced from vineyards across the entire region with Spring Mountain District (Yverdon, Wurtele and Spring Mountain Vineyard) the base, to which Veeder Peak and sites in the Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain and other sub-appellations round out the blend. The result is an utterly complex Cabernet which immediately opens to profound aromatics of ripe dark currants and black cherries woven together with graphite, spring florals, pipe tobacco and touches of sweet spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, layered and beautifully polished with gorgeous ripe dark fruits at its core. It remains dense and concentrated as it builds up to the long, voluptuous finish. While the 2014 is already absolutely stunning, it also possesses all the characteristics to indicate a fantastic future ahead.