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2014

It’s polished, pure and elegant, even at this early stage of its bottled life. The mountain-grown fruit from Veeder Peak on Mount Veeder was the foundation of the 2013 Cardinale, lending it sturdy structure and powerful fruit concentration. In contrast, Spring Mountain District (Yverdon, Wurtele and Spring Mountain Vineyard) showed strong during the blending of 2014 Cardinale and is the base to which Veeder Peak and sites in the Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain and other sub-appellations added complexity. Spring Mountain’s textbook floral aromas, finer tannins and vibrant dark-red fruit give the 2014 seamlessness and approachability now, yet it has the acid and tannin backbone to allow it to mature gracefully in the cellar.

88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
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2007 Vintage

2007

“At 10 years old, it’s in peak drinking condition, with mouth-filling fruit, supple texture, velvety tannins and distinctive anise and graphite notes. Mountain vineyards contributed approximately 90% of the grapes to the blend and time has rounded their youthful edges. Fruit from warmer benchland vineyards in Oakville and St. Helena enhance the mid-palate and richness.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
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Past Vintages

For information about the availability of past vintages, vertical collections, or large formats, please contact us at 707.948.2643 or info@cardinale.com

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86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot

“A phenomenal year, with perfect growing conditions. The balance of fruit flavor, acidity and tannin could not have been more ideal. The 2013 vintage has the depth, the power, the subtlety and complexity to ensure it has a long, successful future in the cellar. This will go down as one of the most exceptional vintages of the 21st century.” 

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot

“Every sub-appellation gave us beautiful fruit, beyond expectation. Blackberry, shale, hints of earth, currant, Asian spice and mountain minerality, reside alongside a breadth of structural tannins and weight from the concentration of fruit.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot

“A much cooler and wetter vintage than many in the past, this vintage, we adapted techniques in the vineyard and cellar to maintain Cardinale’s stylistic foundation. It has the familiar flavors of dark cherries and milk chocolate, with a velvety mouthfeel, long finish and elements of currants, Asian spice and rosemary.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot

“An intriguing combination of dark fruits and spices. The blending of five mountain sub-appellations provided aromas of ripe boysenberry, dark cherry and dragon fruit. These fruits meld on the palate with holiday spice and Sumatra coffee bean characters. The wine is lush in mid-body texture and has a lingering finish.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot

“Layering of sensory qualities from Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain is the foundation of every Cardinale, and 2009 gave us aromas of rose petal, mineral and cassis, and palate impressions of blackberry, dragon fruit and dark chocolate, with a silky, mouth-filling texture.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot

“The 2008 aromatic element evokes violets and orange blossoms. The fruit, influenced by the blend’s Howell Mountain backbone, adds a dark cherry component combined with a palate of currant, ripe blackberry and toast, with a velvety texture on a lingering finish.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot

“At 10 years old, it’s in peak drinking condition, with mouth-filling fruit, supple texture, velvety tannins and distinctive anise and graphite notes. Mountain vineyards contributed approximately 90% of the grapes to the blend and time has rounded their youthful edges. Fruit from warmer benchland vineyards in Oakville and St. Helena enhance the mid-palate and richness.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot

100 POINTS, Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

“The expansive aromas come from Mount Veeder's dark fruit and minerality, and Howell Mountain's freshly brewed French roast and a hint of Stags Leap cassis. The palate conveys the floral tones of Spring Mountain, the lushness of Oakville's To Kalon and the backbone of Mount Veeder.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot

“Inviting floral aromas, with hints of black cherry, blackberry jam and cassis, lead to a mouthful of similar flavors, plus anise, vanilla crème, flint and toast. Beautifully balanced, this Cardinale owes its opulence and silky tannins to fruit from To Kalon, Taylor and Clem Carinalli Vineyards, which make up thirty percent of the blend.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot

“The Stags Leap and Oakville portion of the blend represented higher percentages, as the mountain components needed the middle body these valley-floor vineyards provide. The sweetness of the Taylor Vineyard in Stags Leap and the weight of To Kalon in Oakville fit gracefully with the strength, minerality and black fruit from Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot

“Early rains and late heat spikes were challenges, yet detailed blending created a cohesive Cardinale. After multiple blending trials, the final wine leads with black currant, anise, the minerality of Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain, the gravelly palate of Oakville, and the soft character of Stags Leap.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot

“Dominated by Mount Veeder fruit, this vintage opens with violets, anise, dark fruit and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate is rich and velvety, with sweet tannins, a tremendous middle body, and a Mount Veeder finish of acid and structure.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker
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73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot

“The last Cardinale vineyard to include Sonoma County grapes, it’s a vintage with a tremendous amount of tannin in the Cabernet, which drove the addition of a larger percentage of Merlot.”

Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker

Cardinale is a small-production, limited-availability wine. To acquire, we invite you to join our mailing list. As a mailing list member, you will receive an allocation of wine with the release of each new vintage, as well as invitations to exclusive events.

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