Red blend of: 80% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot.
Note: over 50% of the fruit for this vintage came from the 110-acre Faust Vineyard in the Coombsville district, which is the highest percentage that has ever made it into the final blend for this wine. I’ve enjoyed almost every wine I’ve had from Coombsville.
N/ As in past vintages, this wine is classic Napa cabernet with aromas of cassis, black cherry, forest floor, and well-integrated oak.
She needs some airtime to blossom, I’d suggest a decant and wait an hour for best results.
T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Similar to the 2011 she shows deep flavors of black fruits, black cherry, earth/mushroom and soil notes, and a small tart bite. Solid mineral and earth flavors, as well as a tobacco note, close her. Extended finish.
Winemaker = Charles Thomas
Price = $50
Alcohol = 14.5%
N = A-
T = A-
I = A-
Overall = A-
This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.
From the winery:
“2012 was an ideal vintage with bud break in early spring and perfect weather at bloom. A classic Napa summer followed with warm days and cool nights, leading to a long even harvest with no pressure from rain for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Extensive selective picking and sorting ensured that the grapes that reached the tanks were in optimal condition, fully ripe and full of flavor. The grapes were hand-picked, double-sorted and crushed, then cold-soaked and fermented in both French oak and stainless steel tanks. After an extended maceration and malolactic fermentation in barrel, Faust was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak, 30% new.”