I’ve been clearing out a few notes over the weekend, not as successful as I’d hoped but anyway. The reserva and gran reserva level is where Faustino really delivers, and this shows what they can do even in a poor vintage. Very traditional, but also very good.
Work is extremely busy at the moment, hence the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks. I have a backlog of notes to get through, so I’ll post a chunk of them this weekend. On a better note, I’ve finally booked some flights to Spain for Feb next year. I’m planning to do a full week in Rioja with a few side trips here and there, plus some R & R in San Sebastian. Can’t wait.
I had a bottle of this about 3 months ago, unfortunately it was corked. Here is the replacement. This is a big, beautiful monster. Its also very young and needs to banished to the cellar for at least 5 years to sort itself out. The price is starting to get up there, I would personally go for Numanthia or Pago la Jara at this price point.
The QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) winner from earlier this year is back with the 2006 edition. And if anything it’s more convincing. We didn’t do much on cup day, I had a heap of work to do, but I cracked this open with some albóndigas con tomates about 6 o’clock.
I think the slightly frosted bottle works best on this rosado, the wine is a brilliant colour and it’s good rose. 100% Tempranillo on skins for 18 hours. The numbers (i.e. Faustino V, VII and I) refer to the quality level as far as I can tell…
Faustino Crianza 2005Along with their traditional wines, Faustino have a range of ‘modern’ wines. The more wines I drink from Rioja, the more and more variations I see on what ‘modern’ means. In this case, it means 100% tempranillo, french and american oak, riper and more fruit forward wine. This is a cracking wine for the price, the updated label goes a long way too.
In contrast to the Faustino from yesterday, there is this little number from just across the boarder in Navarra. It’s Viura again with a more Gen Y style (Fun and modern, not sure if it has an iPhone tho).
Faustino is one of those wines that just about everyone remembers for the packaging. It is quite old school, kind of like wicker baskets on Chianti bottles, but I kind of like it in a strange way. I have 6 different wines from Faustino in the tasting pile, so get used to this bloke’s face.