With inflation surging, the safety of the “$20 bottle of a varietal and region I like” is getting shaken. By that I mean, if I grabbed a cab sauv north of $20 from Cali, at the very least I expected to enjoy, if not love it. But as the prices of wine have moved upwards as if they were trying to escape the Earth’s orbit, I’ve felt myself inclined to do a bit more research, and spend a bit more money on a bottle I could guarantee. That’s how I discovered the excellent 2019 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon, from Napa California.

I was in a “treat yourself” mood. After enduring another of my biannual month-long abstentions from alcohol, there was nothing I craved so much as a Good (with a capital G) glass of wine. So I read some reviews, visited a few blogs, and picked up the Faust Cabernet Sauvignon for the not-so-insignificant price of $60 at the time of writing.

So was it worth it?

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Review

Judge, book, cover, I get it. But damn it if this doesn’t LOOK like a treat yourself bottle. Faust drapes its wine in black and gold, looking positively regal. If you’re searching for an upscale gift wine, this will look great coming out of the packaging.

Looks pretty good in the glass too. Faust Cabernet Sauvignon pours a deep, brooding red tinged with purple. A swirl demonstrates its not-insubtantial viscosity, as it sits heavily in the glass with long, thicc legs.

The sniff is where the real fun begins. I wanted a cold-weather wine, something with a little oomph, and boy did Faust not dissapoint. BIG notes of dark fruit, black currant, and top soil (in the best way) leap into your nose. A sip confirmed my theory about its body — Faust is a big wine with a heavy body. The weight of this wine is the perfect vehicle for the dark notes of blueberries, wood, and a surprising-but-welcome minerality — reminded me a bit of pavement after rainfall. The finish is long, and tends toward sweet before the tannins remind you that this wine has aging potential.

If my waxing poetic wasn’t enough, Christine absolutely loved her glass too. She’s a bloodhound for the finer things and knew right away this was a “treat yourself” bottle. And a treat it was indeed. If you’re looking for something a little upscale but still in the mortal realm of affordability, Faust Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine worth sipping slow.

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon


Final Verdict

Looking to treat yourself to an-above-average price bottle? Faust is worth it and more, with dark fruit and minerality pouring out at every sip.