Recently, I sat down for a tasting at Cardinale Winery and just absolutely fell in love!
Their winemaker, Chris Carpenter, is amazing — his dedication to his craft and to producing beautiful Cabernet from mountain terroir is outstanding. The lineup of cabs from his different labels was all so distinct, but all absolutely delicious. I was surprised by how smooth even the younger Cabernets were.
The core of Cardinale is estate vineyards located in two prime sub-appellations: Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain. The mountain-grown fruit is essential to the cabs unique flavor! The vines struggle in the thin, rocky soils and on steep slopes, which produces grapes with intense flavor, layered complexity, and age-worthy tannins. At lower elevations, the fruit has a more vivid floral character, rich mid-palate, and finer tannins. Blending brings it all together into a singular wine.
The stone winery is in the heart of Napa Valley and includes a panoramic, breathtaking view. This dream of a winery is a must-see in Napa!