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JS94: An Absolute Steal on a Highly Acclaimed Napa Cab - 11/17/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

When it comes to value in a Napa Cab, it’s hard to do any better than the 94-point, 2014 Faust. Impeccably made and done up in a lush, fruit driven style, it offers everything one looks for in a Napa Cab, but does so well under the $50 mark. This impressive offering from the team at Quintessa left Robert Parker more than impressed with him counting it among the best he’s ever had from this property. This enthusiasm is echoed by James Suckling in the form of a 94-point score. Given its broad structure and impressive depth, one might think it’d be unapproachable in its youth, but quite to the contrary, it is showing perfectly now. For fans of big, bold Cabs, Faust is nothing short of a superstar and a must-have bottlings. Given the price, it’s a red you can turn to again and again without putting a dent in the pocketbook. Napa Cab values like this one are increasingly becoming few and far between, making this a great opportunity to load up.

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2014 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)

94 points James Suckling: " 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." (01/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (RP)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

California is on the map for these big, beautiful, muscle, Cabernets! Still in its youth, this 2014 is going to be something special. Unbelievable, the nose gives off at least twenty different flavors and aromas. To name a few, look for blackberries, cocoa, coffee, wood spice and tobacco.On the palate, a vibrant nose of supple, rich blackberries kick of acidity. Yet It is not just fruit and alcohol, the tannins seem almost restrained for a wine of this magnitude. Not for the faint of heart, the deep ruby color lures and mesmerizes, at the same time trying to explain what keeps you reaching for more. Match with that t-bone sizzling on the grill.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2017

I'll never forget the first time I tasted Faust. It was at The Martini House (a once landmark restaurant in St Helena) and it was part of their mid-week burger special; a glass of Faust Cab and a burger for $16. What was amazing wasn't the ridiculous bargain price but how superbly the Faust paired with their rich, fatty, unctous burger. One of the main principles of food pairing is to match styles; light with bright, earthy with savory; acidic with tart; and unctous with rich. And that was exactly what the Faust Cab brought to the table in order to go toe-to-toe with their monster burger. The 2014 hasn't changed much since, and this 2014 is intensely fragrant right off the bat. Deep aromatics of currant, plum and bitter chocolate waft immediately from the glass and prepare you for a palate brimming with luscious blackberry and black cherry. The kicker at the end is the surprising acidity and structure that help keep this concentrated and full-body Cab able to pair with every occasion and robust meal you choose to throw at it!

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2017

A big Napa Cabernet with loads of personality at an affordable price point. The aromas are intensely deep and flaunt blackberries, plum, and spicy blackcurrant. The tannins are fleshy and satisfying, which pair nicely with the balanced acidity. A touch of vanilla on the palate opens the road for a long and smooth finish. A great bottle to put down and watch develop or to enjoy now with a nice juicy steak or burger.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2017

Faust has always been a special wine to me, as it was one of the first wine labels I really got into during my early days of working in the wine industry in Napa Valley. The 2009 and 2010 vintages of Faust were my go-tos, whenever I got invited to dinner parties and occasional barbecues. While I haven't had the last several vintages, I am delighted to say that Huneeus Vintners is at it again, with the 2014 vintage of Faust, a full-bodied Cabernet packed with intense flavors of blackberries, plum, and black cherry. Ripe and heavily concentrated, the 2014 Faust is a perfect wine for the holidays for the Cab lover on your shopping list.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 19, 2017

This is easily one of the best sub-fifty dollar values on the market right now a wine that Robert Parker described as deep, wonderfully fruited, rich and savory He later admitted after tasting Faust along with Quintessa that it was probably the best set of wines [he had] yet tasted from the Huneeus family Frankly, its tough not to believe such a statement after tasting it and knowing that virtually all of the fruit comes from AVAs such as Rutherford, Coombsville, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder or St. Helena some of Napas most prized valley and mountain terroirs. Its a beautifully layered, unctuous wine and an absolute steal for the money. In a climate where your entry level Napa cab is hovering within the fifty dollar price point, you should take a hard look at Faust, as most wines in this category simply lack the acclaim and raw materials to compete with it.