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“Gratifying Experience”

Cardinale Estate Winery
Ranked #12 of 21 things to do in Oakville
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

After a curving drive, you enter into a beautiful stone house that sits perched on a rolling hill. The tasting is expensive but the wines are quite worth it. The cabernet franc was divine. There was no pressure to buy and the tasting was leisurely. We learned a lot about their wine and philosophy around it.

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Our visit was extremely special. Jonathon and Ross were as knowledgable as anyone we have ever met about the region and the wines produced here. The view was spectacular. If you are looking for an exclusive experience and the best wine you might ever taste, you need to make arrangements to visit this place. Absolute first class all the way. Thank you Cardinale we will be back!!!!!

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We made an early afternoon appointment and had the tasting to ourselves with Ross, the Estate Lead Host. He started by taking us out on the veranda and pointing out the four mountain appellations where the grapes for Cardinale are grown. The view from their little hill is lovely and the estate buildings are too. The tasting was a flight of '08,'07 and '06 cabernets. We had a plate of two cheeses (goat and sheep), bacon-infused almonds, grape chutney and a small jar of duck confit in front of us to enhance the tasting. All three wines are superb. The '06 was rated 100 points by Wine Spectator (I think it was WS) and the other two are top notch as well. Cardinale is the high end of the Kendall-Jackson group and has very limited distribution. If you are a carbernet lover or wine collector, I recommend this tasting highly.

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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Okay, we're strictly tourists and not wine connoisseurs at all, and I've got to say I was concerned when I learned my wife had booked a tasting at a winery (Cardinale) thruough the concierge at our hotel for $50 per person (including only cheese and crackers, not a meal). But it turned out to be a terrific experience. What we got, basically, was 1.5 to 2 hours sitting in the winery's panoramic tasting room, and sipping expensive wines with Brendan Scholl, the Estate Manager at Cardinale, and a Master Sommellier. It was just a flat out delightful experience. We learned a lot about wine, the Napa valley, and talked about all kinds of things. Never felt any pressure to buy their high-end wines, though of course, we did buy a few bottles (Brendan graciously credited the tasting fee against our purchase). We had the wine shipped and it arrived right after we got home. Obviously, $50 per person wine tastings are not for everyone, but for us, the experience was a highlight of our trip (right up there with dinners at Bouchon and Bottega), that we would not have missed.

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Reviewed 27 June 2016
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