B-21 Top Recommendation
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 (sourced from Rutherford, Coombsville, Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, St Helena); 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 Faust yet – yep, winemaker for Quintessa. Conceptually intriguing project to say the least; thrilling to drink without question!