The winemaker as composer.
Like a composer creating a symphony, winemaker Chris Carpenter transforms the multifaceted notes of our mountain fruit into the refined, complex, and elegant blend that is uniquely Cardinale. Behind this expertise is an impressive background covering diverse facets of grape growing and winemaking.
A Chicago native, Carpenter earned a BS in biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He gained experience as a harvest enologist at Domaine Carneros Winery, a vineyard intern at Domaine Chandon California, and a research intern at Tenute Antinori, Santa Cristina Estate, in Montefiridolfi, Italy. In 1998 he received an MS in horticulture from the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis.
Carpenter joined the winemaking team on the Cardinale Estate in 1998 as enologist. In 1999 he was promoted to assistant winemaker and in 2001 was named winemaker.