|89||Vinous Media||Deep ruby. Dried cherry, redcurrant and licorice on the nose, which picks up a smoky nuance with air. Offers bitter cherry and flavors that show good depth and are enlivened by a peppery nuance. Finishes on a bitter chocolate note, with dusty tannins and good, spicy persistence. (all used French oak)
Drink 2020 – 2025
Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, April 25, 2019
|87+||View from the Cellar||The 2016 Casa l’Angel Cabernet Sauvignon hails from a vineyard lying at six hundred meters above sea level, with good diurnal swings during the growing season. It is raised primarily in stainless steel tanks, with the wine only seeing three months in older French casks during its elevage. The wine offers up a good bouquet of red and black cherries, cigar wrapper, a touch of garrigue, lovely soil tones and a touch of cedar in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and moderately tannic, with a good core of ripe fruit, gently chewy tannins and a long, youthful and focused finish. This could use a year or two in the cellar to soften up a bit on the backend, but I like the depth and potential complexity here, and this is a lot of wine for fourteen dollars here in the US! Good honest juice! 2020-235+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|89||Vinous Media||Brilliant ruby. Ripe, spice-tinged cherry and dark berries on the nose and palate. Plush, broad and gently sweet, showing good depth and a hint of black pepper that adds spicy lift. Closes smooth and spicy, with a repeating cherry note and sneaky tannins adding gentle grip. All used French oak. 2021-2024 Josh Raynolds - March 2021|
|87+||View from the Cellar||The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Casa l’Angel hails from a single vineyard parcel called Finca El Poblet, which sits at an elevation of six hundred meters above sea level. The grapes are picked by hand and the wine is given a short, three month elevage in used French barrels prior to bottling. It offers up a ripe and stylish bouquet of red and black cherries, cigar smoke, a good base of soil and a bit of tobacco leaf in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and juicy at the core, with good focus and grip, moderate tannins and a long, tasty finish. This is not the most complex example of cabernet sauvignon one can find, but it hits all the right notes and at $14 a bottle here in the US, it is a fine value. 2020-2035.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020