Faustino V Reserva 2005
Aged for 1 year in oak casks and refined in bottle for 2 years prior to its release
Palm Bay International
While the Faustino Gran Reserva is pure old-school Rioja, Faustino Reservas have more fruit than the Rioja Reservas of old, befitting an evolving mindset, combining tradition with modernity. The wine opens with vanilla and toast, and moves on to red cherries with strawberries, even red raspberries, and a gentle toasty finish. Drink now or in the next five years.
The wine expresses ripe fruit, clove, and cocoa with leather and cedar notes. It is medium-bodied with well-integrated tannins and a lingering finish. The wine is a perfect complement to all types of meats, casseroles, and mature hard cheeses.
About the Winery
In 1861, Eleuterio Martinez Arzok set out on a journey, selling his Rioja wines directly from the barrel, working from the back of a horse-drawn cart. Thus began Bodegas Faustino, today Spain’s largest producer of Reserva and Gran Reserva Rioja wines. In the late 1950s, Eleuterio’s equally adventurous descendant, Faustino Martinez, launched the Faustino label. The source of more than 25% of all Reserva and Gran Reserva Riojas sold abroad, Faustino is a proud custodian of the Rioja’s international reputation for world-class wines. A phenomenal nine million bottles of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are stored in Faustino’s magnificent cellars. 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 to 1,800 feet. The climate in the vineyards is relatively cool due to the maritime influence of the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the vines thrive in the area’s chalky soil.