Faust vineyard, based in Napa, California, produces a single Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
The 2008 vintage is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot.
The wine is fermented in both stainless steel and French oak and then aged an additional 19 months in French oak.
The combination of the varietals along with the location of the vineyard within Napa make this a very interesting bottle of wine.
I purchased this wine with dinner at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, NJ. It did very well for a pop and pour. I would love to see what a good decanting would do to the flavor components of this bottle.
The initial aromas are red berries, cherry, a mild floral note, and a hint of spice after opening up.
Cherry, black currant, plum, and that same hint of spice all find their way to the palate. Some might consider this full bodied, but I would term it medium bodied. The tannins are very well integrated and ultra smooth.
The finish is a very, pleasant, lingering one. A touch of leather and then that touch of spice comes back yet again, in a very good way.
This wine paired great with a House Salad, and then a Stuffed Blue Cheese Burger and fries. It will likely go well with most grilled or barbecued beef and chicken dishes. The tannins are probable too tame for a very, cheesy entree (give it a try and let me know!).
Overall, this was a very, nice bottle of wine. Salt Creek Grille has a 1/2 price special for bottles of wine on Sundays (yes!), excluding “Highly Allocated” bottles (aww). I paid $50 for it, down from the menu price of $100. I will try this wine again.