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2014 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

Overview:

Faust is owned by Agustin Huneeus, the person who created Quintessa.  When I was offered a sample of the latest Faust Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, it was a quick and easy answer…YES!

 

Faust Vineyard

Faust Vineyard

 

 

About the company:

Faust, the wine, celebrates a legend which has inspired many great minds, among them the German poet Goethe, from whose masterpiece we draw our inspiration.  In Goethe’s most famous work, the aging scholar Dr. Faust barters his soul in the afterlife in exchange for another chance at youth.  He gets his chance, yet ultimately his soul is saved by love.

 

Faust is indeed the fruit of renewed passion for Agustin Huneeus, though Mephistopheles has not yet appeared to claim his soul.  The underlying premise for all of the wines he has ever produced has been that great wines must be a reflection of a great vineyard.  Faust is not.  Instead, Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley’s noblest grape – full-bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Much more information on Agustin and the winery is available on their website by clicking here.

 

 

About Agustin Huneeus:

Behind every great wine stands a passionate vintner.  Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the creation of Agustin Huneeus and it continues to satisfy his long held desire to produce a wine that embodies the most seductive characteristics of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Born in Santiago, Chile, Agustin is one of the few vintners who has dedicated his entire professional life to wine.  With a career spanning 50 years, he has produced wine in more than 15 countries.  Perhaps best known today for creating Quintessa, the stunning biodynamic vineyard and winery estate he and his wife Valeria own in Rutherford, Napa Valley, Agustin is recognized as a driving force in how fine wine is produced, recognized, sold and marketed in the United States.  The philosophy that great vineyards make great wine is his guiding principle.

 

Agustin Huneeus has been discovering great vineyards of the world throughout a career spanning five decades and 15 countries.  In addition to owning the Quintessa estate in the renowned Rutherford District of Napa Valley, his current vineyard and winery projects include Illumination Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Veramonte winery in Chile’s Casablanca and Colchagua Valley’s, Neyen winery in Chile’s Apalta Valley and Washington’s Longshadows Vintners where he is a partner.  In 2009, the Huneeus family forged a partnership with Joan and Walt Flowers of Flowers Vineyards & Winery, pioneering vintners who in 1989, established two extraordinary vineyards dedicated to world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the extreme Sonoma Coast.  In 2010, the Huneeus family purchased two edgy wines, The Prisoner, a Napa Valley red blend, and Saldo, a Zinfandel from some of California’s most revered vineyards.

 

 

2014 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon – SRP $55

The wine is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.  Most of the grapes come from Agustin’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville with small lots from vineyards in Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, St. Helena and Rutherford.  These purchased grapes from spectacular mountain and valley terroirs are used to round out the wine.   After fermentation, the wine was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak with 30% being new.

 

According to the winery, 2014 is another dream vintage with quality along the lines of 2012 and 2013.  2014 was a dry year but spring rains during February and March gave the vines a much needed drink of water in time for bud break.  The moderate drought conditions also led to berry sizes that were smaller and had more concentrated flavor.  Despite rumblings from the South Napa Earthquake in August, harvest was early and even with ample ripeness, and depth of flavor.

 

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The sexy nose has cassis, plum, dusty minerals, dark chocolate, tobacco, baking spices, vanilla bean and a touch of cedar.  This has medium to full body with moderate ripe tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate rich cassis and plums are joined by minerals and spices on the front end with dark chocolate and tobacco coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with vanilla and a touch of spicy oak providing nice depth.  This could use a bit of time in the cellar for the oak to integrate on the finish but I wouldn’t stash this in the back of the cellar.  This will probably be at its best from 2018 through the early 2020s.  As is, this is a rich and luxurious Napa Cab for a very fair price.  This has 14.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2014 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

Closing Thoughts

If you are looking for a rich, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, Faust would be a wonderful choice.  This wine has very good balance and complexity to appeal to wine lovers and the rich, velvety fruit to appeal to people who just want something good to drink.  At $55 a bottle, I would tend to steer guests in the second category to another selection, unless they are very good friends, and keep this one only for true wine lovers.  This is more of a wine to enjoy over its first several years and not one to stash in the cellar for a decade.  Enjoy it while the fruit is young and vibrant.

 

 

 

 

This sample was provided by the winery and Fineman PR.

 

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