Under $15, at 12.5% alcohol, and scoring a very nice 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 2002 Faustino VII Rioja was ready to savor at 17 years old.
I like my Rioja at eight to sixteen years, but the rich ones, wines filled with cherry fruit and spice and herbs like the Faustino, can age longer.
The color was still ruby, with a hint of brick on the edge. The aroma continued to open for an hour during the meal. This bottle was perfect for me because I’m planning a small vertical of their best select wines in early Autumn.
The Tempranillo grape has the weight a a light Burgundy Pinot Noir and is ideal for so many food styles. In Vino Veritas.