Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Faust Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

When offered to review this Cabernet from Faust, I was doubly excited as I had not had any Faust wines before, though I'd heard good things about them. Agustin Huneeus is a legend in the winemaking world -  for all of the wines he has produced, the underlying premise has been that great wines must be a reflection of a great vineyard. With Faust Wine, he takes a different tact -- this wine is a tribute to Napa Valley’s noblest grape. He seeks out Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from his family-owned vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, plus small lots from spectacular mountain and valley terroirs in Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak and St. Helena. Crafted by Charles Thomas of Quintessa, the Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.

Faust Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Tasting Notes:
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc grapes hand-picked, double-sorted and crushed, then cold-soaked and fermented in both French oak and stainless steel tanks; after an extended maceration, aged for 19 months in 100% French oak, 30% new; deep purple in color, with ruby notes; red currant, spice, vanilla, and earthy aromas; fruit forward with similar flavors to aromas with an added undercurrent of cocoa; full body with a nice balance between acidity and tannins; 14.2% ABV; cork closure; SRP $60.
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Sample provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

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