Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, 2015
Overview of the Wine
"Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a collaboration among nature, patient and caring human hands, and artistic excellence. It speaks clearly of its extraordinary Howell Mountain location.
Each vintage begins life in the vineyard where attention to detail and exacting viticultural practices yield berries of ripe, delicious flavors. Grapes are harvested by hand in several passes, resulting in many distinct vinifications from which to create the final blend. Arriving at the winery in the cool morning hours, clusters are gently destemmed and berries are chosen, with intent, through optical and manual sorting processes. The wine is barrel aged in 100% French oak for 20-22 months then bottle aged 12-14 months prior to release."
Winemaker Celia Welch and viticulturist Jim Barbour work with pristine fruit from Howell Mountain to produce small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon from an estate that is renowned for its soil quality and natural habitat. Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon takes life from its ideally situated, west-facing vineyard on Howell Mountain where the soil is comprised of volcanic tuff and riddled with ancient rock.
Grape / Blend100% Cabernet Sauvignon;
clones 7, 191 and See
OriginHowell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker's Tasting NotesAlluring mountain aromatics of sage, rhubarb, dusty cherry, pine duff,
rooibos tea, and sweet earthy tones are tamed by more fruit-forward
notes of bright red cherry, raspberry preserves, and a hint of orange zest.
Broad and soft at entry, the wine shows serious structure with plenty of
tannin for aging, but a polished texture that allows accessibility in the
near-term. Fresh fruit flavors dominate the mid-palate and carry through
to the finish, with a combination of cherry and toasty vanilla lingering as
the wine slowly fades.