From the Winery
Farming: Sustainable. Two clones of Cabernet: 15 and 191
Production Notes: 22 months in 70% new French oak, bottled without fining or filtration
Tasting Notes: Aromas of ripe berry, plum, spice, anise and cocoa, with just a hint of bay and black tea providing depth. The structure of the wine is broad and satiny, with a strong sense of density combined with bright acidity. Vanilla and dark oak flavors add complexity. Bright berry flavors linger as the flavors slowly melt away.
Winery Notes: Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a collaboration among nature, patient and caring human hands, and artistic excellence. It speaks clearly of its unique and extraordinary location upon Howell Mountain. It is masterfully brought to life by the talented and renowned winemaker, Celia Welch.
Castiel Estate Description
“The 2019 Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes entirely from the steep, higher-elevation slopes of Howell Mountain AVA. These vineyards see cooler summertime high temperatures, and slightly warmer temperatures during autumn nights than the valley floor, which leads to a longer hang-time with slightly higher acidity.
During the growing season of 2019, decent winter/ spring rains followed by a relatively cool, even growing season gave the vineyards a lovely, moderate glidepath into full maturity. The finished wine reflects its season in the aromas, the flavor intensity and in the overall texture. The 2019 Castiel Cabernet shows aromas of fully ripe currant, warm black cherries, fresh sage and hints of clove. On the palate, the entry is fresh and bright, evolving into a mid-palate that shows density and dark berry flavors. As the wine fades, the lingering impression is of satiny tannins and juicy black cherry notes.”
97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – “After 22 months in 70% new French oak, there’s scarcely a trace of it to be found on the nose of the stunning 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s a touch of bay leaf, perhaps the slightest hints of bell pepper and pine, but also masses of cassis. Dark, dense and sturdy, this full-bodied masterpiece is rich, round and supple, with a long finish that leaves a lingering trail of mocha and dark chocolate that somehow avoids any sense of heaviness or excess.”