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Faustino, Bodegas
VII Tempranillo
CountrySpain
RegionRioja
Grape Varieties100% Tempranillo
Notable
88 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 at 75°F. The grapes then go through a 16 day maceration period followed by 10 months of ageing in 100% American oak. The wine spends an additional 6 months in the bottle before being released.
ColorLively red with ochre hues
NoseScents of redcurrant and cherry with a touch of vanilla
PalateWell-balanced and velvety flavors of red cherry and raspberry . A long, expressive finish of vanilla and toasty oak.
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsA great addition to Spanish style tapas, ham dishes, roasted pork, grilled red meats and hearty stews.