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The Faust vineyard is located in Coombsville, Napa Valley's newest appellation located in the eastern foothills south of Atlas Peak. It consists of 110 acres of mature Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, with small plantings of Petit Verdot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is farmed in ten distinct blocks, all of which have a unique character. Yields on the property are especially low as extra care is put into practices such as winter pruning, green harvest and selective picking.
Coombsville is characterized by gently hilly terrain formed millions of years ago by shifting masses of earth. It is distinguished from other parts of the Napa Valley by it’s slightly cooler climate and soil conditions, which are a mix of well-draining river rock and mineral-rich volcanic ash. Coombsville has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing slow-ripening Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Coombsville’s climate allows for even ripening, retained acidity, excellent structure and results in layered complexity with rich, ripe fruit, earth and mineral flavors.
Faust also seeks small lots from family growers in other unique Napa Valley growing districts including Yountville, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, St. Helena and Rutherford. Agustin’s long-standing relationships with these growers ensure access to the highest quality, most sought after fruit year after year.
Rutherford is one of the most well-known appellations in Napa Valley. Often referred to as the “Rutherford Bench,” the area soaks up the late afternoon sun which is often tempered by afternoon marine winds that travel up valley from the San Pablo Bay. The soils are a combination of gravel-sand, alluvial fans and volcanic outcrops. Cabernet Sauvignon reigns here with intense cherry, mineral and earthy aromas. Flavors are full, ripe and notably current with firm, but supple tannins for extended aging.
Yountville is a predominately valley floor appellation with gravelly silt loam soils. Excellent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are produced with ripe, floral aromas and rich, but supple flavors and well-integrated tannins.
Mount Veeder is prized for its hillside vineyards that sit above the fog-line at elevations up to 2100 feet. The soils are very shallow and well-drained with a sandy or sandy-loam texture. Ageability is a hallmark of Mt. Veeder wines. The low yields give Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot a firm, tannic structure with strong earth-berry aromas and powerful flavors.
St. Helena is one of the warmer appellations in Napa Valley due to protection from the western hills from fog and wind. The soils are varied and include gravel-clay with low fertility and some deeper volcanic pockets further north. Appealing wines with ripe, often jammy flavors with good structure and fleshy, supple tannins are produced in this renowned AVA.
Atlas Peak is a hillside appellation with excellent drainage provided by the presence of flat rocks. The soils are red volcanic and the appellation has a more inland climate, warming early in the day and retaining heat until the late afternoon. The resulting fruit is rich and ripe and with blue fruit notes. This is the home of the famed Stagecoach Vineyard.