LCBO Vintages Release
The underlying premise of all of Agustin Huneeus’s wines is that great wines are reflections of great vineyards. Faust is an exception. Instead, this is a wine that pays tribute to a grape: Napa Valley’s noblest grape, Cabernet Sauvignon at its rich, unctuous, full-bodied peak.
To express the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust combines fruit from Huneeus’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, a new Napa Valley appellation in the eastern foothills south of Atlas Peak. Agustin’s relationships with growers in other Napa appellations, including Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, St. Helena, and Rutherford, round out the wine with small lots from spectacular mountain and valley terroirs.
Faust is crafted at the state-of-the-art Quintessa winery in Rutherford. Grapes are hand-picked and double-sorted, gently crushed, then cold-soaked and fermented in stainless steel and French oak tanks. The must macerates for up to three weeks following fermentation, a period when flavour, aroma, and colour compounds are extracted. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels (30% new, 70% single use) to age for 19 months.
The 2014 is a benchmark example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine opens with a lovely perfume of red and black cherries, ripe raspberry, and violet. The palate enters lush and supple, with blackberry, cassis, coffee, and dark chocolate flavours. The finish is long and complex, with lingering dark fruit.
“This is very intense with blackberries, dark chocolate, fresh mushrooms and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, fine and fruity yet complex and intense. Structured and lightly austere. Beautiful. Drink in 2020.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2017
“Another strong effort from Quintessa is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Faust. This has an inky blue/purple color and notes of Asian plums, blackcurrants, road tar, and charcoal embers in a deep, wonderfully fruited, rich and savory, lush style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
This is probably the best set of wines I have yet tasted from the Huneeus family, who own this beautiful property off the Silverado Trail south of the Meadowood Resort.”
90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2016