The 2008 vintage brought cold spring temperatures and variable weather during bloom which led to a significantly reduced crop. Early and mid-summer temperatures stabilized and late summer heat pushed flavor development and ripening in the crop of small, concentrated berries. Moderate weather during an extended harvest rewarded us with intense, ripe fruit. The grapes were hand-picked, double-sorted and crushed at Quintessa, then cold-soaked and fermented in both French oak and stainless steel tanks. After an extended maceration, Faust was aged for 19 months in 30 percent new and 70 percent once-used French oak.
The 2008 Faust is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot aged for 19 months in 30% new (and the rest once-used) French oak. A solid follow up to the powerful 2007, the 2008 has a luscious nose full of cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The palate is deeply concentrated, with chocolate covered cherry flavors upfront, follwed by spiced cassis and blackberry on the mid-palate. The tannins are firm and rich, and the finish long.
fruit forward; long finish; not tannic
Bem redondo, ótimo com carnes.
- about 6 years
- about 6 years
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) 18% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc. Putting its ripe currant fruit to good use as the focus of its rich, outgoing aromas, this wine is full and supple on entry and firm across the palate with tannins for backbone and deep, slightly chocolate-tinged fruit showing the way in the finish. There are those who will try this one in its youth, but there is plenty of justification for letting it rest in the cellar for a few years yet.