14 July 2008

2005 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

I'm excited to present another wine from Agustin Huneeus. At some point in your wine drinking career you stop following individual grapes or regions and begin chasing individual winemakers and importers. Tonight's wine is the 2005 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, $50, 14.8% abv. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Nose of cedar, black cherry, with a touch of tobacco leaf. Rich black cherry flavors with a bit of dark chocolate and mild tannins follow. It's a great wine to savor and the second half was just as nice the next day.

Served with roasted T-bones topped with horseradish-chive compound butter and braised leeks. Needless to say, it was a Guys' Night and the menu reflected that. I couldn't exactly honor this wine with a cube of tofu and an artfully arranged sprig of basil.

The name of the wine comes from Goethe's play, in which a man makes a deal with the devil. Sadly my German language education stopped short of literature, where I'm sure I would have had the pleasure of reading this work in die Muttersprache. We stopped with history, meaning that I know a lot about the Holy Roman Empire but none of the English names for any of it.


WestonBoys said...

I don't know much about history, and I don't know much biology either. But I do know this: this wine is splendid!

Anonymous said...

Faust must have changed vinters the next year because the 2006 Faust was a huge disappointment, and the retailers didnt get the news because they kept price in Forties.