97 Points Wine Spectator
The 2018 Castiel Cabernet Sauvignon shows aromas of ripe berry, plum, spice anise, and cocoa, with just a hint of the bay and black tea providing depth. At entry, the structure of the wine is broad and satiny with a strong sense of vanilla and dark oak flavors and complexity. The finish is solid with medium-grained tannins that will clearly provide longevity. Bright berry flavors longer as the flavors slowly melt away. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 20 months in 70% new French oak.
The 2018 Castiel Cabernet comes entirely from the steep, higher-elevation slopes of Howell Mountain AVA, which is perched on the eastern edge of Napa Valley. 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. Over the course of an entire growing season, the small daily differences become profoundly manifested in the flavor and structure of the resulting wine.