Tasting Notes Week of July 29, 2014 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet


  2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet

Very excited to try this new vintage from Faust, which is  the creation of Agustin Huneeus who created Quintessa, with Charles Thomas in charge of winemaking. The wine is rich, smooth, and     quite delicious with blackberry fruit and incredible elegance and finesse.

Coombsville – where the winery is located – is Napa Valley’s newest appellation located in the eastern foothills south of Atlas Peak. The winery  consists of 110 acres of mature Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, with small plantings of Petit Verdot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is farmed in ten distinct blocks, all of which have a unique character. Yields on the property are especially low as extra care is put into practices such as winter pruning, green harvest and selective picking.

Coombsville is characterized by gently hilly terrain formed millions of years ago by shifting masses of earth. It is distinguished from other parts of the Napa Valley by it’s slightly cooler climate and soil conditions, which are a mix of well-draining river rock and mineral-rich volcanic ash. Coombsville has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing slow-ripening Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Coombsville’s climate allows for even ripening, retained acidity, excellent structure and results in layered complexity with rich, ripe fruit, earth and mineral flavors.

– See more at: http://www.faustwine.com/vineyards/#sthash.1620eSpO.dpuf

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