Cardinale is a wine inspired by the mountain terroir of its estate and select vineyards along the Mayacamas Range. Cardinale's densely planted, low yielding vines endure the challenging elements that produce exceptional grapes. The steep slopes and rocky soils of our estate vineyards - Keyes (Howell Mountain) and Veeder Peak (Mt. Veeder) - provide good to excellent drainage, and trace elements which contribute to the wines' complexities.
During veraison, green clusters of grapes are removed from the vine, allowing the fruit with the most potential to mature. After veraison, a second thinning of remaining clusters further reduces yield, ensuring only the ripest and most flavorful grapes are considered for Cardinale.
Once in the winery, the grape clusters are sorted by hand and fermented in open top fermentors that extract the subtleties of flavor from the skins. Pressing is done in traditional basket presses, with the young wine placed into 100% new, tightly grained, French Chateau styled oak barrels for extensive aging. Winemaker Christopher Carpenter bottles Cardinale unfined and unfiltered. In the words of Robert Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate, Cardinale "is one of the profound wines being produced in northern California."
Cardinale / 7600 St. Helena Highway / Oakville, California 94562 /
Ph. 707-948-2643 or 800-588-0279
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