For over 15 years Chris Carpenter's flagship blend of lots from Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, and Diamond Mountain has regularly achieved high acclaim, and this 2016 is no exception. With big dark fruit, beautiful mountain earth, and the balance that great winemaking brings, we think Jeb Dunnuck was right to say, "It's going to be a legendary Napa Valley Cabernet." Stocks of this wine are highly limited so add this stunner to your collection before it sells out.
Cardinale's Cabernet Sauvignon is unique in the valley because it is blended almost entirely from fruit from each mountain appellation: Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, and Diamond Mountain. High above 1,500 feet in elevation, the grapevines struggle to ripen and form small, intensely flavored, thick-skinned berries. Master winemaker Chris Carpenter blends this wine each year expertly, optimizing the wine’s harmony of acidity, structure, alcohol, fruit, and soil elements, in a way that simply can’t be done in a single vineyard. This is the key to this wine’s greatness and uniqueness, and the kind of selectivity practiced in the Bordeaux first-growths.