A Faustian Bargain
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2010 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 14 | Lot No. 152



A Faustian Bargain

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

To what lengths will you go to achieve wealth, power, knowledge or youth? Would you trade your soul for one-of-a-kind Napa Valley Cabernet? Agustin Huneeus presents this offer: a wine with depth and power, exclusively for Premiere Napa Valley 2010, in honor of Dr. Faust. Winemaker Charles Thomas prepared this lot from a selection of mountain and valley Cabernet sources from Rutherford to Pritchard Hill that represent the diversity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It will not require your soul, but the highest bidder will seal this pact with a toast and be indelibly marked with the red stain of Napa Valley's best.

Aging Process

30% new
70% once-used
100% French oak

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.64
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Charles Thomas

Winemaker, Faust

Winemaker, Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas joined the Quintessa team as head winemaker in June 2007.

Country born: Thailand

Education: University of California, Berkeley

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Get it right in the vineyard and focus on the strengths of both the vineyard and vintage with minimal intervention.

Charles Thomas

Winemaker, Faust

Winemaker, Charles Thomas

I began my winemaking career over 30 years ago. My first expereinces were installing vineyard irrigation systems throughout Napa and parts of Sonoma, operating presses and tending vineyards for Domaine Chandon, leading tours at Robert Mondavi Winery and buying the wines for the Sonoma Cheese Company.

In 1978, I joined Robert Mondavi Winery's production department moving through positions including barrel enologist, senior enologist and assistant winemaker. After gaining a thorough knowledge of every aspect of winemaking I was promoted to head winemaker. I assisted in the creation, execution and evolution of Opus One from 1979 through 1994.

In 1994, I moved to Jackson Family Farms where I worked closely with the rebuilding of Cardinale’s vineyards and winemaking techniques. From there, I joined Rudd in 2002 where I directed changes to both the winery and vineyards. I have beeen at Quintessa, leading the winemaking team, on the Quintessa, Faust and Illumination wines since 2007.

Country born: Thailand

Education: University of California, Berkeley

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My philosophy in winemaking begins in the vineyard. The focus should be on the vineyard, then in the winery.,

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: Deeper exploration of the Coombsville area of Napa.

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: I was inspired by the quality of the wines I tasted from the Coombsville area.

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  Cabernet Sauvignon  because  I felt it was a great expression of the quality that Coombsville is capable of producing.

Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?

A: It's rare, hand-crafted and a truly unique wine.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Elyse Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 17
Faust 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley A Faustian Bargain 14
Elyse Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 13
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