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Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Sku: 024429

Wine maker notes
The 2008 Faust is a worthy successor to the highly lauded 2007 vintage in Napa Valley. The wine opens with aromas of red and black cherries, hints of violets and warm spices. A lush, full entry on the palate with blackberry, cassis, nutmeg and dark chocolate flavors leads to a plush, supple mouthfeel. A complex finish lingers with dark fruit and plenty of richness.

Technical notes
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
ALCOHOL : 14.2% by volume
19 months in 100% French oak, 30% new

Other text
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.

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