Color - Intense, bright cherry red.
Bouquet - Aromatic and complex, with notes of tobacco, cedar and leather against a background of ripe fruit, jam and spices.
Taste - Powerful yet velvety, with flavors of rich red fruit, licorice and minerals and smooth, ripe tannins.
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - Beautifully balanced, this shows all the positive attributes of mature Rioja. Though 30 years old, it is still very alive, with deep sweet fruit that wears tobacco and meat accents. Anise accents the ultrasmooth palate. Full of complex flavors, with a lingering finish.
Wine Spectator 89 points - Youthful and powerful, with a deep garnet color, fresh plum and tar aromas and round, rich fruit and spice flavors. Drink now.
(Mar 31 1992)
Rioja Alavesa, Spain
From mature vines (planted in the mid-1960s) in Faustino’s estate vineyards in Rioja, Spain.
|Wine maker notes
|Grapes are de-stemmed and undergo fermentation at 86°F. The grapes then goes through a 27-day maceration period with light pumping over, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wines age for 28 months in oak (80% American and 20% French) and spend 36 months aging in the bottle before they are released, for a total ageing of 64 months.
|85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
|Flavorful fish like tuna , red meat, game and medium cured cheeses such as Manchego and emmental.
|Bodegas Faustino is located in Oyon – Álava. It enjoys a well-deserved international reputation after more than 150 years of experience in the production and aging of premium wines. The winery has 650 hectares of vineyards in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, between Laguardia and Oyon villages (in the North of Spain).
The fourth generation family business, has become a leader in the production and exportation of high quality wines.