2016 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon The Pact (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, California

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Agustin Huneeus, "one of the finest winemakers in the world" (WA) – Quintessa, Veramonte – and a heck of an interesting guy – credits Goethe as inspiration for his Faust label – is a bit of an anomaly. Agustin's life in wine began in 1960, as CEO of Concha y Toro. Once "little" CyT grew into Chile's largest firm under Agustin. That "power player" pattern continued – Seagram's, Concannon, Franciscan – until Agustin caught the "terroir bug;" by 1999, divested of all other interests, Agustin's sole focus became Quintessa. Expressing Quintessa's terroir became paramount; driving Agustin's every move. And then there's his "passion" – as he describes Faust. Quoting Goethe at every turn when discussing Faust, you know he's passionate about the project; "Who burns the same?" But what is he doing? That's the anomaly. "Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley’s noblest grape – full bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon." It's not about soil, it's about grapes from Coombsville, it's about powerful, pure, perfect Cabernet. Oh, and the wine is made at the Quintessa winery by Rebekah Wineburg starting in 2015, and she just might have made the best Pact yet.


This is very layered and beautiful with tannins that unfold horizontally and melt into the wine. So much subtle and complex currant and green-olive character with a hint of fresh tobacco. Drink or hold.

96 points, James Suckling (Feb 2019)

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Pact is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 19 months in 50% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals bold red and black currants scents with touches of crushed rocks, new leather, fried herbs, rose hip tea and wood smoke plus a hint of incense. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers and rock-solid structure of firm, ripe, grainy tannins framing the muscular fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced.

95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Dec 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

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