Castiel Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
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.
Coming from two sites on Howell Mountain, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a brilliant effort that readers should jump on if given the chance. Classic mountain aromatics of black fruits, tobacco, chocolate, and mineral-like nuances define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered mouthfeel, plenty of tannins, and a great finish. The balance is terrific, and this will benefit from just a few years of bottle age and should have 20-25 years of overall longevity.
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.