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Ardente Winery

P.O. Box 3838
Napa, CA 94558
707 226-7669

Carlo and Marie Francoise Di Ruocco founded Mr. Espresso, a specialty coffee roaster in 1978. Then in 1992, Carlo and Marie Francoise were looking for a house in the Napa Valley for their retirement. After many months of searching they found a 25 – acre estate with five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, tucked away in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak. From the very beginning, they knew their was something special about this place. The warm arid climate and rocky, mountainous terrain were reminiscent of Carlo’s home in Italy. The rich volcanic soil, 1400 – foot altitude, and more moderate micro-climate provided the perfect conditions for growing high quality Cabernet grapes. Carlo and Marie Francoise released their first estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 1996. Their latest release is the 2000 Sangiovese and the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon. Please contact us if you would like to sample these fine wines for yourself.

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