Having spent time at both Opus One and Clos du Val, Winemaker Kian Tavakoli brings a wealth of knowledge in Napa Valley to the team at Faustini Wines. What lured him to this project was pretty obvious: the opportunity to make Cabernet Sauvignon in his own style from some of the most elite Cabernet vineyards in the world. Whether it be Beckstoffer Dr Crane in St. Helena, Galleron Road in Rutherford, Howell Mountain, or Coombsville Vineyard, each brings with it incredible prestige and uniqueness. For Kian, the choice was an easy one.
In the excellent 2016 vintage in Napa, Kian had little work to do. With ideal weather all throughout harvest, he crafted the Faustini Money Road Chardonnay off the vineyard of the very same name located in the Oakville AVA. The picturesque vineyard off Oakville Crossroad is platinum rated vineyard known for its ideal combination of soil & climate and some of the big A listers that source fruit. Kian’s Money Road Chard is still youthful despite having a few years of age, probably as a result of its 18 months of slumber in 1/4 new Oak.
It has classic notes of apple, pear and tropical and peach aromas. On the palate, the integrated oak compliments the lifted acidity beautifully, with a layered and full-bodied palate profile, leading to a refreshing, vibrant and balanced finish.
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The wine has a killer nose of summer pears, acacia flowers, and lemon-lime cream that is fine and complex. It’s golden-green in color, with intense aromas of honeysuckle, ripe pear, and citrus-cream. Those old vines pack a punch of limestone-infused concentration, loaded with flavors of green apple and white peach, with a saline minerality that goes forever in the finish.
We’re nearing the end of what was a flawlessly crafted, high energy coastal Chardonnay release from one of California’s hottest spots. It’s still every bit as bright and refreshing as you could want and it hits with clean, pristine green apple fruits, pears and citrus notes with a hint of that limestone-influenced minerality. It’s a fantastic wine for all seasons, the perfect pair with mixed seafood, summer tomatoes, corn and freshly caught fish.