Cardinale was born in 1982, with a mission to produce a singular Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest-quality vineyards in Napa Valley.
Cardinale is a limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with grapes sourced from Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations, including Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain District.
Like a master composer, winemaker Christopher Carpenter layers the intricate notes of mountain vineyards into one resounding wine. Diamond Mountain contributes dark cherry, bittersweet chocolate and great mid-palate body. Howell Mountain delivers dark fruit flavours, earthiness and minerality. Spring Mountain adds red fruit characteristics, satiny tannins and superb ageing potential. Mount Veeder bestows notes of blue fruit and minerality, along with great structure.
The rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions of mountain terroir are among the most challenging in California, however, they produce the most structured, masculine and complex wines.