“I think what separates the exceptional artist from the great artist is a body of consistently great work with examples that move beyond 'great' to the exceptional. John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, Michelangelo’s David, Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, are all examples of just this idea. The artist’s general body of work is significant in its ability to move you but the specific examples spiritually touch you.
"In the wine world Napa Valley is one of those geographies whose consistent, high quality vintages move you emotionally. In any given decade you may have four really good vintages and six excellent vintages; trying to distinguish between them becomes a matter of personal taste. Vintage 2013, though, was one of those vintages that moved beyond that scale. This was a vintage of perfect conditions — conditions for developing a balance and variety of flavour, acid and tannin at levels that will carry the wines across time. This vintage will go down as one of the most exceptional of the 21st century.
"At Cardinale, as we sat down to blend the 2013s, we knew that Mother Nature had created her transcendent work. It was up to us to present Cardinale to you as one of the wines that would exemplify this vintage now and far into the future. This was a responsibility we did not take lightly, knowing we had to focus on the depth, the power, the subtlety and complexity of this vintage. In the end I am confident we created a wine that captures that idea and those aspects and celebrates 2013 as it should be: transcendent. Enjoy!”
— Christopher Carpenter, Winemaker
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (96)
...rather sublime and intense Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 25 or more years... It is certainly one of the finest Cardinales I have tasted in my experience.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Age of Vines||20 years on average|
|Vinification||Hand harvested, fully destemmed, slow fermentation followed by three weeks' maceration in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.|
|Elevage||19 months in French oak barrel (91% new)|
|Soil Type||Volcanic loam, clay and gravel|