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A brief history

Cardinale, born in 1982, is located in Napa Valley’s world-renowned Oakville District, crafts a single Cabernet Sauvignon from each vintage. The wine is a limited-production blend from Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations. Each of our esteemed mountain vineyards creates a beautiful note unique to their location, but the composition they create together results in a remarkable symphony of flavor and texture. Mountain terroir is essential to Cardinale’s character. While the rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions are among the most challenging in California, they also produce the most structured and complex wines. Every bottle reveals the artistry of Winemaker Christopher Carpenter. In the bottle, Cardinale is sophisticated, powerful, and a true expression of Napa Valley.
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Established in 1982

7600 Saint Helena Highway
Napa Valley, California, United States
94558

www.cardinale.com

info@cardinale.com

+17079482643

Meet The Winemakers

  • Christopher Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter is winemaker for many of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wineries, including Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota Vineyard Co., Mt. Brave, Caladan, and Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. Over the past two decades, Chris has earned a reputation for taming Napa Valley’s mountain tannins and creating legendary Cabernet Sauvignon. He works closely with the vineyard team to nurture and then manifest the unique character of each vineyard block in elegant wines with great depth, mountain character and historic pedigree. He believes in maximum attention in the vineyards and minimal intervention in the winery to create the purest expression of place.

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Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
CardinaleCabernet Sauvignon

Cardinale is a limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations. Every bottle reveals the artistry of Winemaker Christopher Carpenter. In the bottle, Cardinale is sophisticated, powerful, and a true expression of Napa Valley.

Cardinale Intrada Bottle Preview
CardinaleIntrada

Intrada is a Bordeaux-style Sauvignon Blanc with a small percentage of Sémillon added to the blend that varies from year-to-year based on the characteristics of the vintage. Though not as aromatic as Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon imparts structure and density, enhancing the mouthfeel and lending an “oily” sensation on the palate. Additionally, the Sémillon helps balance acidity and allows flavors and aromas to deliver a more lasting impression.