You’re going to get an apology upfront. I’ve been a little MIA recently, but for a good reason. I purchased my first home—a charming fixer upper—and have been consumed by renovation projects left and right. Luckily, I’m finally settling in, and can focus more on wining and writing. My first bottle back to it is Faustino VII Rosé 2017. I tried their Rioja and loved it, so I figured this was a great way to start back up.
Grupo Faustino is the country’s leading producer of fine wines from Rioja. From Eleuterio Martínez Arzok to Don Julio Martinez, who currently leads the winery, Bodegas Faustino brings more than 150 years of tradition and expertise to the world of wine.
With 1,625 acres of vineyards, Faustino’s wines are all estate grown and bottled. The vineyards are in the upper portion of the Rioja Alavesa, in the Basque Country, at an altitude of 1,200-1,800 feet. The climate is relatively cool thanks to the maritime influence of the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the vines thrive in the areas chalky soil. The vineyard has also incorporated an environmentally-friendly grape growing practice to make the vineyards increasingly sustainable.
The wine is deep cherry color and has floral and red fruit notes on the nose. It tastes like strawberry, berries in general, watermelon, and citrus. It’s crisp, with nice acidity, and has a fuller body than most Rosés I normally drink, which I liked. I paired it with my favorite dish from Lemoni—the Greek plate for two (nomAF). You can find it online for about $10, so it’s a great value. This wine is a lovely summer sipper that you should add to any pool party, BBQ, beach day—whatever you’re planning.