MOST ALL FINE WINE is the product of both an identifiable person and a (fairly) specific place. The person is the motive force. The place provides the foundation. To be fine wine, the voice of both person and place must be heard in the final product. In this case, the person is Agustin Huneeus (owner of Flowers, Faust, and Quintessa and son of Valeria and Agustin Huneeus (who together founded Quintessa), and the place is Napa Valley and specifically the Napa AVAs of (in order of importance to this wine) Combesville, Rutherford, and Atlas Peak.
FAUST Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013 ($53.99)
A chocolate Lab of a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc,and 1% Petit Verdot all sourced from the Coomsville, Rutherford, and Atlas Peak AVAs aged 19 months in all French oak (30% new). Deep purple-red with well formed legs; dry, medium full-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and medium chewy phenolics. Supple, sweet, fresh Cabernet with tobacco and spice. Darker and darkest red and some black fruit with dusty earth and black pepper. The oak helps with the spice and the texture. Rich enough but still in balance. Delicious. Perfect steakhouse Cabernet. BearScore: 94+.