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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Cardinale is more than one wine – it is several wines from disparate mountain and
benchland vineyards along the Mayacamas and Vaca ranges that surround Napa Valley.
Every bottle reveals the artistic sensibility of the winemaker, each vineyard lot fused into a
seamless blend in which one can sense the constituent parts, but still taste them as one wine.
Cardinale's philosophy is guided by the pursuit of grape selectivity in the vineyard, gentle
handling and the ability to accommodate the different winemaking needs of each vintage.
"When we approach the Cardinale blend, the key to success is finding the balance between the
mountainsides and the valley floor. Both our Oakville vineyard and the Stags Leap portion of
the blend represented higher percentages in the 2004 final blend because it was clear that the
mountain wines needed the middle body that these valley floor vineyards provide. The
sweetness of the Stags Leap and the weight of Oakville fit in gracefully with the strength,
minerality and black fruit characters from Veeder and Howell, and together they all play off
of one another."
- Christopher Carpenter, Cardinale Winemaker
"Consistently one of the best proprietary blends of northern California, Cardinale's 2004 is 100%
Napa fruit (from Mt. Veeder, Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Oakville). This blend of
91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot boasts a dense purple color in addition to sweet aromas of
kirsch, black currants, licorice, olives, and spice box. Fabulous texture, full-bodied power, pure fruit,
and an opulent, voluptuous finish nearly conceal significant tannin. This beauty should drink well
young, yet age easily for 15 or more years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"Consistently one of the best proprietary blends of northern California, Cardinale’s 2004 is 100% Napa fruit (from Mt. Veeder, Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Oakville). This blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot boasts a dense purple color in addition to sweet aromas of kirsch, black currants, licorice, olives, and spice box. Fabulous texture, full-bodied power, pure fruit, and an opulent, voluptuous finish nearly conceal significant tannin. This beauty should drink well young, yet age easily for 15 or more years."
The Wine Advocate
In 1983, Jess Jackson, proprietor of Kendall-Jackson Winery, decided to produce a world-class red Meritage wine. The name comes from the original Cardinale vineyard site at Kendall-Jackson's Lakeport winery. The wine is made predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with small amounts of Merlot and, in certain years, Cabernet Franc. Grapes are harvested from hillside vineyards located in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak Chateau barrels to produce a forward, seamless oak character to match its intense fruit.
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