2010 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Decidely varietal from the first in its aromas of currant, black cherry with a hint of red cherry, green olives and rich soil notes, this very likeable wine is medium-full to full in body and supple in feel with a solidifying streak of supportive tannins for grip and longevity. Continuous in flavor right to the end, this is a very well-made, entirely reliable wine for today and tomorrow, and we expect that it will mature gracefully for a decade or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(83% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot and the rest cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec; made mostly from non-estate fruit): Good bright, deep red. Cool aromas of black cherry, licorice, tobacco and tar. The palate shows a restrained sweetness to the flavors of cherry, spices and loam (I got a note of Rutherford dust here). Broad and fairly full, finishing with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and a slight dryness.
From the proprietor of Quintessa, Faust is blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc, barreled for 19 months in 30% new French oak.