Faust The Pact 2018
|California, Napa Valley, Coombsville
#98 - 2021 Top 100 Wine Spectator
The Pact is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest-elevation blocks of their Coombsville vineyard, and harvest lots are treated as separate, small-batch parcels in the cellar, providing the purest expression of our Coombsville Estate vineyard. The 2018 opens with fresh aromas of black cherries, black currants and blue fruits with graphite, tobacco, star anise and cocoa powder notes rounding out the finish. The Pact is defined by minerality and purity, and its fine-grained tannins and natural acidity ensures that it will last for decades.
91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Pact opens with notions of tar, damp soil and new leather over a core of warm cassis, blueberries and black raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is fresh and pure with soft tannins and lovely brightness, finishing with a peppery kick.
This is something, showing focus and purity that highlights the unique character of this appellation. So much blue fruit, lavender, and walnut with some herbal and sweet-tobacco undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and poised. Lovely quality to the tannins. Exceptional. Drink after 2022.
Distinctive, with a well-defined mix of açaí berry, plum and blueberry fruit that has a cool and fresh feel, while racy graphite, dark earth, tobacco and violet accents fill in the background. Structured and energetic through the finish, with the fruit-earth interplay showing nice persistence. Best from 2021 through 2031. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,200 cases made.
Coming from the cooler Coombsville region of Napa, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Pact is a delicious, medium-bodied, nicely balanced red with ripe cassis and red currant fruits, nicely integrated acidity, supple yet present tannins, and classic Cabernet tobacco, graphite, and floral nuances. Balanced and beautifully done, it will evolve for a solid 10-15 years. Best After 2022