Just A Glass Before I Go
Our farewell party was orchestrated by the Green Dragon. My wife selected the theme of a “mismatch” party. This was because almost all of our clothes, glasses and belongings were packed up and ready to load on the moving van. We were left with random remnants. Guests were encouraged to wear wildly mismatched outfits. They certainly did – my eyes are still hurting.
I’ll relate more of the details – and the wine – in the near future. One thing that wasn’t mismatched, however, was our choice of Cabernet, the 2014 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2014 vintage of Faust costs $55, but I’ve seen it online for five bucks less. It compares very favorably to Napa or Sonoma Cabs that cost $75 to $100. The quality in winemaking is evident from the moment the cork is popped.
In the glass this is a dark ruby and a dense wine. On the palate the wine coats, with lush flavors of black cherry, cocoa and herbal notes. There is a rich, rewarding finish.
We served bratwurst and a variety of side dishes were brought by party-goers. The main pairing for this bottle, however, was friendship. Dancing, eating, drinking and socializing went on well into the evening. The Faust was a superb wine to savor while we reflected on past experiences and times shared with good friends.
We’re now about 600 miles from tasting team members Cabernetor and Glorious T, which whom we’ve shared many bottles and adventures. We’ve already talked about doing some virtual tastings together – to tide us over until the fall when we will be together again in Sonoma.
Faust is highly recommended as a Napa Cab that won’t batter your budget, and whose quality will make memories with your best friends.
Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.