ACCESS: Faust Cabernet Sauvignon "The Pact" Coombsville 2019
Making a deal with the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures doesn’t sound that bad if you ask us, but then again, we’re still on the planet, so not sure spending eternity in the depths of Hell is the way we’d want to go.
Fortunately you don’t have to cement your legacy to the underworld yet, and buying the 2019 Faust’s The Pact seems like a perfect way to dip your toes in the fire without getting burned.
Sourced from a vineyard in Coombsville on the southeastern edge of Napa Valley, this is dense, dark, and gothic Cabernet Sauvignon from a brand that descended on the Napa stage about a decade ago and has slowly immersed itself into the souls of all Cab lovers. And once it gets its hands on your soul, it has no intention of ever letting go.
We absolutely love this wine. It checks all the boxes of everything we love in Napa Cab, and we also happen to adore Coombsville. The AVA is enshrouded in fog from the San Pablo Bay every morning, so that little bit of chill in the air extends the hang time for the fruit and adds a little extra energy in the fruit that you can taste in every sip. Make no mistake, this appellation is on the rise and may very well be the best appellation in the Napa Valley.
Dark layers of blueberries, blackberry cobbler, spiced black cherries, violets, crushed rocks, wet earth, and forest floor take hold of the senses, and lead into a luxurious palate of dense fruits, hedonistic spice, and a velvety texture. The ripe finish lingers on the palate for what seems like eternity, and may even have you question your desire on whether being good is really that important.
In the end, we believe in living in now, and this 2019 Cabernet is built for instant pleasure with the backbone to cellar for quite some time.
Being bad is more fun anyway, and in this case, being bad never tasted so good.
Red currants and blackcurrants with some violets and crushed earth. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins. Fine, velvety tannins that are open and grounded. Firm and tight finish. Drinkable now, but better in 2024.