Cardinale Estate Winery


Cardinale is a limited-production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blended from renowned vineyards in Napa’s most distinctive mountain appellations. The Cardinale vineyards create a perfect composition in a remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon that, like every great work, transcends the sum of its parts.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Napa Valley’s world – renowned Oakville District.


  • The finest expression of Napa Valley's mountain terroir.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 250.00


Like a composer creating a symphony, winemaker Chris Carpenter transforms the multifaceted notes of our mountain fruit into the refined, complex, and elegant blend that is uniquely Cardinale. Behind this expertise is an impressive background covering diverse facets of grape growing and winemaking.

A Chicago native, Carpenter earned a BS in biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He gained experience as a harvest enologist at Domaine Carneros Winery, a vineyard intern at Domaine Chandon California, and a research intern at Tenute Antinori, Santa Cristina Estate, in Montefiridolfi, Italy. In 1998 he received an MS in horticulture from the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis.

Carpenter joined the winemaking team on the Cardinale Estate in 1998 as enologist. In 1999 he was promoted to assistant winemaker and in 2001 was named winemaker.


Founded in 1983.

The Team

Mariano Navarro - Viticulturist
Andrew Geoffrey - Member

Practices & Techniques

The key to Cardinale is meticulous blending. Each vintage is refined over the two years that the wine is in the cellar. During this time, a variety of techniques are used to achieve Cardinale's signature layered complexity:

Hand sorting ensures the most pristine fruit Custom basket press used for tannin management
Semi-open top fermenters for smoother, more elegant wine Native yeast fermentations for complexity
French oak barrels are used exclusively Egg white fining to soften tannins without stripping the wine
Up to 30 lots are kept separate from harvest through bottling.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

At Cardinale, our focus is on Napa Valley’s unique mountain vineyards where wines of structure, sophistication, and finesse emerge.

Napa Valley is a world- renowned growing region, yet surprisingly - one of the smallest. It produces just 4 percent of California’s wine and a mere four-tenths of 1 percent of the world’s wine.

Regions within Napa Valley possess distinct microclimates, soils, and terrains that imprint recognizable characteristics on the grapes grown within them. Napa Valley delineates the boundaries of these growing areas, giving them names that reflect their regional designations, or appellations (AVAs), such as Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Oakville, and Diamond Mountain.


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Daily from 10:30 AM until 5 PM Tastings available by appointment only.


7600 St Helena Highway
Oakville, California 94558
United States

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