Cabernet Sauvignon – Howell Mountain

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Cabernet Sauvignon – Howell Mountain

Country USA
Region California
Producer Castiel


Style Red
Practices Sustainable
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the steep, shallow soils of Howell Mountain, on the eastern flanks of Napa Valley. Three separate clones of Cabernet were hand harvested in several passes between September 30 and October 6, 2016. The grapes arrived at the winery in the cool morning hours and the clusters were gently destemmed. The berries went through optical and manual sorting. They went through separate fermentation and were kept separate for the first year of maturation in French oak barrels (70% new). The wines were then carefully blended and returned to barrel for additional maturation prior to bottling in May of 2018. 468 cases made.

“Displaying classic Howell Mountain character in its many facets, this wine shows black cherry, bay berry, cinnamon tea, dusty brambles, cedar cone, and dried floral aromas all evolving simultaneously, all intertwining in a way that creates a beautiful, complex impression. On the palate, soft, polished tannins envelope a very solid backbone. An intriguing interplay of savory (anise, earth, dried leaves) and sweet fruit/perfumed notes echo the complexity of the aromas. The finish is broad and polished, with a lingering flavor of fragrant rhubarb and fresh juicy raspberries.” Celia Welch, winemaker

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About the Producer

Photo: on the right, Dave & Kathleen Dicesaris, owners.

Located within the coveted Howell Mountain AVA, Castiel Estate is an 88 acre landscape of remarkable beauty, serenity and diversity. Stunning vistas, pristine seasonal and year-round watercourses, native springs and mature forest habitat coexist with arid desert scrub, arroyos and natural caves.

The land’s potential to grow world-class Cabernet Sauvignon's grapes is undeniable. Soils of organic matter, volcanic tuff and gravelly loam combine with optimal exposure, textbook drainage and favorable mesoclimates to create an ideal growing environment. With one of Napa Valley’s most sought after viticulturists at the helm, Jim Barbour, Castiel Estate produces fruit perfectly reflective of this astonishing site.

Renowned Celia Welch is the winemaker. As a consulting winemaker, Celia worked for many esteemed estates including Staglin Family Vineyard and Scarecrow. In 2004, she founded her own brand, Corra Wines. She was honored as Winemaker of the Year 2008 by Food & Wine Magazine and as one of’s Top Ten Tastemakers of 2006.

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