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Faust The Pact 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
  • JS97
  • RP94
  • WE93
  • W&S92
14.6% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2015 Pact is a full-bodied, rich wine beginning with notes of dried savory herbs and freshly roasted coffee. Vibrant flavors of black cherry and red plum are balanced by spice notes of star anise, dark chocolate, cedar and slate. Plush tannins and a velvety soft texture lead to a complex and lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 97
James Suckling
Fantastic blueberry and blackberry aromas. Black licorice and lead pencil. Graphite. Full body with very tight and focused tannins. A precise center palate that seduces with every sip. Love the walnuts, dark chocolate and dark fruit on the finish. Drink in 2020.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon The Pact features a deep garnet-purple color and youthful aromas of blueberries, crushed black cherries and blackcurrants with subtle notions of dried herbs, menthol and mocha. Full-bodied and bursting with black fruit flavor, it has a firm, chewy backbone and just enough freshness, finishing with lingering spicy notes.
Barrel Sample: 92-94
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
From the exciting appellation that is Coombsville, this wine starts with beautiful aromas of violet and clove before opening up on the palate to a generous array of blackberry, plum and black pepper. Full bodied, it shows elegance and a sense of balance that holds up through a lengthy finish.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Reflecting the relative cool of Coombsville, this takes its time to develop from spicy, rooty flavors toward floral notes and an open, more welcoming character. The wine’s generosity comes forward with air, a dynamic play between fine red fruit above and earthy tannins underneath. Accessible now with time in a decanter, this is ready to greet anything meaty off the grill.
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Faust
Faust, California
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Damned to an eternity of doing what they love. At Faust, they seek to express the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon and the diversity of the Napa Valley by sourcing from estate vineyards in Coombsville and Rutherford, as well as small lots from spectacular mountain AVAs such as Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain. Uniting these disparate regions allowed us to create a rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that truly represents the soul of the grape.

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Coombsville

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Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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