Wine Maker Notes
We walked into this vineyard. Bud break had barely started. There were only a few tiny green leaves on each Cabernet plant. You could tell that the vineyard was on the cusp of death or life. Some vines were no longer pushing buds. Still there, but only as a monument of past glories. The whole vineyard gives off an impression, a vibration, an energy level that only great vineyards do. Santiago turned around and told Jim, “This place is our reason to make wine in Paso.”After that, we were never surprised by the greatness of the fruit and the wines. Continually amazed, but never surprised. There are vineyards which take their time to reveal who they are, but this vineyard’s greatness was immediately apparent. Of all the Paso wines we’ve tasted, this is the place where we find more purity, more soil, more place, more bright Westside Paso.Cardinal is very old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon of classic proportions. This is a wine beyond outstanding. This is a wine that goes beyond excellence, into character, interest and emotion.