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Faustino, Bodegas
Crianza
CountrySpain
RegionRioja
Grape Varieties100% Tempranillo
Notable
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89 Points
Wine Spectator
DescriptionGrupo Faustino is the country's leading producer of fine wines from Rioja and one of the most celebrated names in modern Spanish winemaking. Founded 150 years ago by Eleuterio Martinez Arzok, Grupo Faustino has excelled in balancing tradition and modernity over the past decades. The winery received worldwide acclaim in the 1950s when descendant Julio Faustino Martinez launched the family-owned label in both national and international markets. Today, the estate is led by Don Julio Martinez along with his children. With 1,625 acres of vineyards, Faustino's Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are all estate grown and bottled. The vineyards are located in the upper portion of the Rioja Alavesa, at an altitude of 1,200-1,800 feet. Here, the climate is relatively cool thanks to the maritime influence of the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the vines thrive in the areas chalky soil.
VinificationGrapes are de-stemmed and undergo fermentation before going through a 20-day maceration period. The wine is aged for 8 months in medium-toasted casks of American white oak and is then transferred to medium-high toasted French oak casks where it ages.
ColorVery deep, intense ruby
NoseRemarkably rich aromas of ripe red cherries, toast and spicy oak
PalateFull-bodied, well-structured and silky flavors of red berries, vanilla and toasty oak. This wine is very concentrated and has a long, lingering finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsServe with roasted game or red meats with sauces, sautéed vegetables and a variety of cheeses.