For all our readers we will now be bringing you regular full profiles from the 11th & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings and price guides. This is one of the winery profiles for December included in the just published 11th digital edition 2020, which should give a small idea of what to look for with the guide, which can be purchased itself or included (virtually free) as part of an annual membership package. Here David profiles one of the Jackson Family Wines producers.

Cardinale (Oakville)

This very pricey red is one of the jewels in the crown of the Jackson Family Wines collection of super-premium wineries. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from prime vineyards both benchland as well as mountain plots on Mount Veeder, Diamond Mountain, Spring Mountain and Howell Mountain. 

The Cardinale Red

A massively powerful and concentrated red with copious quantities of super-ripe cassis and hints of cedar underpinned by high-toast oak, in the best vintages the wine convincingly earns ★★★★★. Yet you do feel that just a hint more refinement would add that final dimension. (DM) 

The wines

Recommended Reds:

Cardinale Proprietary Red Napa Valley ★★★★★ £H

Ownership and Contact

Jackson Family Wines

Address: 7600 St Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562

Tel: 707 948-2643



To find out more read our USA Overview here and you can check out our background guide to the Napa Valley and Carneros here

Our Introduction, Awards and How to use the guide will also help – link

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See also Kathleen Burk’s review of both Cardinale and Verité here



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