It was 1993 when (Dave) a.k.a. Castiel (pron. Cast-ee-all), gazed into his crystal and spied Freemark Abbey, as Mesopotamian mythology’s controller of karma and time, he saw opportunity and slyly orchestrated a chance meeting of Kathleen and Dave Dicesaris over a tasting of fine wine. they bonded and eventually married. Years later and after a lifetime of equally serendipitous moments, Dave and Kathleen discovered a property on Howell Mountain filled with promise but in need of tender loving care. they envisioned a winegrowing estate and began restoration to return the land to natural habitat and develop a vineyard to serve as inspiration for future vintages of Castiel Estate. They assembled a team to realize their vision, including winemaker Celia Welch and ace viticulturist “Guru” Jim Barbour.
Castiel 2015 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
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The 2015 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. This second release displays concentrated aromas of dusty cocoa, dark raspberry, caramel and vanilla, along with an underlying foundation of the prized brambly forest floor character indicative of Howell Mountain. This youngster offers up bold and concentrated flavors of black currants and shows the complexity and intensity needed for aging, yet offers an elegant tannin structure to enjoy at release. In its youth, the wine benefits from decanting prior to serving.
Celia Welch’s Tasting Notes: ”Alluring 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 a 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.”
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