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 PlayDate combining fruit from both the Coombsville and Rutherford Vineyards. It’s deep ruby to the rim with an excellent concentration, notes of red cherries, raspberry pie and hints of vanilla. On the pallate, big wonderfully jammy fruit with complexity and length that offer blue and black cherry fruits on the finish.