2014 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1306276 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.  (1/2017)

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)

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2017 | Send Email
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, it’s 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 Napa’s most prized valley and mountain terroirs. It’s 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.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.