W.S. Keyes Vineyard
Howell Mountain AVA - blah blah
The W.S. Keyes Vineyard is situated at a 1,700-foot elevation on Howell Mountain in the Vaca Range on the eastern side of Napa Valley. The cold climate, red rocky soils, and volcanic ash impart dark fruit flavors, firm tannins, and earthy, mineral-like characteristics.
The fruit from W.S Keyes Vineyard contributes to the body of Cardinale. Aromatically and on the palate, much of the upfront Cabernet essence is derived from Howell, as are the blackberry, cassis, and herbal notes.
Northeastern edge of Napa Valley
68 acres planted
Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Elevations up to 1,700 ft with temperature shifts of over 25 degrees from the top to the bottom of the vineyard
Aiken series of decomposed granite where Cabernet Sauvignon is planted, and volcanic ash loams where Merlot is planted