Few names in Rioja evoke such a sense of history as Faustino. Known for their strict adherence to tradition, Faustino still ages their wines for years in cask and bottle before labeling them for sale. They still use the Tempranillo grape, blended with a touch of Mazuelo for added structure, as has been their habit for generations. 2004 was one of the best years of the last decade and this Reserva Rioja is a fine reflection of the vintage. Bright cherry fruit character never overwhelms the supple barrel tannins. The archetypal dusty finish lets you know you are in Rioja for sure.
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