The Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate Grown possesses a complex bouquet of raspberries, blueberries, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers, abundant richness, and a medium to full-bodied, graceful mouthfeel with everything in perfect harmony. It exhibits gorgeous fruit, a complex personality, full body and terrific elegance and finesse. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Barrel Sample: 93-96 Points
From the vineyard that helped propel the appellation's reputation into the stratosphere, this wine delivers both in terms of its historical significance, but also in present-day refinement and complexity. A flinty, earthy layer of black truffle and coffee open the aromatic profile of the wine before offering bold, brawny flavors of leather and black currant. The oak is well integrated and the tannins sizable yet behaved. This is a beautiful wine. Editors' Choice.
Impressive, with a rich, juicy core of black currant, blackberry, dusty earth and savory underbrush, giving this an expansive, wellfocused range of flavors. Drink now through 2028.
Pretty and elegant, with floral and cassis perfume and supple tannins. Seamless from start to finish, with refreshing acidity.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon FAY is a supple, sexy wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, licorice, cloves and mint are all pushed forward in a creamy, expressive Cabernet built on opulence, depth and resonance. I can't think of too many 2013 Cabernets that are this enjoyable right now, although the flavors are naturally intensely primary.
Wine & Spirits
This is a clean vintage from Fay, the historic Napa Valley vineyard tucked into the hillside of the Stags Leap escarpment on alluvial soils. The wine’s purple-and-garnet-hued fruit feels tied directly to its tannins, relatively light in body, but with firm depth of flavor. It’s fragrant, earthy and satisfying, an elegant partner for roast leg of lamb.