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 2015 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.
“A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple coloured, with a decadent cassis, baked blackberries and plum preserves-scented nose, plus hints of spice cake, cedar and Marmite toast. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and wonderfully spicy in the mouth, it has velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long.”
92-94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017