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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Cardinale works to layer all facets of the Napa Valley into a composition that is not unlike a beautiful score of music. The 2009 Cardinale shows this layering in its rose petal, mineral, and
cassis-driven nose, and its blackberry, dragon fruit, dark chocolate, and silky and mouth-filling texture... more
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As you would enjoy the varied nuances and subtle layers of a Fellini film, so you should enjoy Cardinale. The 2008 has an aromatic element that evokes violets and orange blossoms with a fruit
component of dark cherry combined with a palate that offers currant, ripe blackberry and toast with a... more
As your palate wraps itself around the 2007 Cardinale, the same feeling of grace, beauty and style that defines silk is evident in this wine. The flavor palate includes anise, milk chocolate, currants, coffee bean and vanilla. The structure evokes both the mountain and bench terroir - the 2007... more
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 you can sense... more
At Cardinale we christened this the vintage of Alice's Rabbit, in that everything was very late. Our rainy season slowed down enough in March to initiate bud push but was followed by the return of the rains not long after, which delayed bloom and fruit set. Already looking at a later harvest... more
At Cardinale we christened this the vintage of Alice's Rabbit, in that everything was very late. Already looking at a later harvest because of this phenomenon we enjoyed several months of mild temperatures and slow, steady flavor accumulation, without many of the heat spikes we have become... more
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... more
A more challenging vintage means a more challenging blend period, as it was for this blend.
After compiling at least 20 different blends, I kept coming back to this wine. The black
currant, anise and minerality of Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain combine with the
middle gravelly... more
The extraordinary 2002 Cardinale (88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot from vineyards Mount Veeder, Keyes, and To-Kalon) was aged in 100% new French oak. This inky/purple-colored Pauillac-styled red boasts notes of cedar wood, licorice, and black currants along with a smoky, ripe, full-bodied... more
Cardinale established itself to be in the midst of a handful of the most consistently exceptional red wines in the world. It is an intricate composition of superlative vineyard sites with stand-alone excellence. Definitely Cabernet Sauvignon, predominately from the Napa Valley, wine comes from... more
Cardinale is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, primarily composed of fruit from
two estate mountain vineyards on Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder. Since the
1995 vintage, our Keyes Vineyard on Howell Mountain and Veeder Peak Vineyard
on Mount Veeder have represented the core of the wine,... more