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.