Faust is the brainchild of long time Chilean born Vintner, Agustin Huneeus. He has spent his entire career in the wine industry with connections to various wine growing regions that span the globe. In Napa he is most well known for opening the ultra-premium winery Quintessa and in fact Faust wine is made at Quintessa by the same winemaker.
The name of this winery is based on an old German legend. Faust is a tribute to this old legend about Dr. Faust who was described in the German poet Goethes’ work. In the story, Dr. Faust was tempted by the Devil to exchange his soul in return for youth, energy and passion. The comparison can be made to Agustin’s renewed passion for making wine in a totally different manner than all his other endeavors. Throughout his wine career, and it has been a long one, Agustin has always produced wines with the intent to showcase great vineyards – in other words directly reflect the individual terroir of the specific vineyard’s location. However this is not the case with Faust – the premise behind this wine is to ultimately showcase Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.
All fruit is sourced from Huneeus’s own vineyards in Rutherford as well as from Coombsville, a slightly cooler growing climate found just east of the town of Napa. The same attention to detail that Huneeus gives his Quintessa wines is bestowed upon the Faust wines in the vineyards, during harvest and during the aging. They specialize in one wine each year – available in very limited quantities.
The first vintage ever of Faust was from 2002. We tried their 2005 vintage; this wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a touch of Cabernet Franc. The minor blending varietals will change depending on the vintage, but Cabernet Sauvignon remains the dominant varietal in every Faust wine. As with prior vintages this is a rich complex wine dark in color. An exotic combination of herbs, notes of cedar, blackberries & cherries coats the palate. This wine is designed to be consumed now and its styled to be paired with food but it can also be aged. The tannins are moderate and do not overwhelm; there are some spices on the very long finish. Note that Wine & Spirits voted this wine #9 on their best restaurant Cabernet Sauvignons in the nation.
Prices are mid range meaning the wine is quite reasonable in comparison to many other high end Napa grown Cabernet Sauvignons. This wine is not available for tasting at Quintessa – the best way to purchase is directly through their website. Visit: www.faustwine.com
NOTE: this review has been identified as needing a *major* update.