The legendary soleras at Bodegas Faustino González go back to 1789, same year George Washington became the first president of the United States. Mr. González purchased these precious barrels in 1970, and established himself as an Almacenista, selling small amounts of its venerable juice to the biggest names in the appellation. In 2014 his son took the next step by bottling this amazing wine under “Cruz Vieja”, the newest label in the sherry business. “A new name to follow”, as Luis Gutiérrez (The Wine Advocate) puts it.
Bodegas Faustino González sources the fruit from their own vineyard, El Carmen de Montealegre (Jerez Superior). They prefer to ferment the must at higher temperatures in old American oak barrels rather than temperature-controled stainless steel vats. Their privileged cellar is located in the highest building in Jerez de la Frontera, getting the best possible exposure to the westerly winds coming from the Atlantic. The Cruz Vieja sherries are always bottled en rama, unfiltered, in order to bring their amazing complexity from barrel to table.