- WINESPECTATOR, James Molesworth: „Faust's 130-acre property was planted by the Huneeus family in 1998, making it one of the earliest vineyard developments in the area, following Caldwell and Farella. There are 112 acres planted, primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc. Planted under the guidance of Valeria Huneeus, a proponent of biodynamic farming, the site is farmed organically today.
General manager Jennifer Beloz, 43, has been working with the Huneeus family since 2011, and moved to the Faust project in 2015. David Jelinek, 48, handles winemaking. Following stints at Epoch, Harlan (read about my visit there in August) and Groth, he joined the Huneeus team in 2010 and Faust in 2015. Viticulturist Garrett Buckland, 38, started at Faust in 2017 after earning his wings working with Steve Matthiasson.
"It's not Highway 29," says Beloz as she describes her affinity for the Coombsville area (and its proximity, or lack thereof, to Napa Valley's main artery, which runs through Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga). "The town of Napa is just 10 minutes away, but people here still have horses and cattle along the road. It's different here."“
Menschen/Inhaber: Familie Huneeus
Region/Ort: Kalifornien, Coombsville