Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 1970
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An extraordinary and historic bottle of wine. 1970 you may remember, was a classic vintage in Bordeaux. Well, in Rioja it was one of the all-time greats. Faustino produces Gran Reserva only in the best vintages. With 1,625 acres of vineyards, Faustino’s 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- 1,800 feet. Here, the climate is relatively cool thanks to the maritime influence of the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the vines thrive in the area’s chalky soil. This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. After fermentation the wine aged for 28 months in 80% American oak barrels from West Virginia and 20% French Vosges oak barrels. It has matured in the Bodegas' cellar since then, softening to a silken smoothness and taking on immense complexity. We were able to procure a very small allotment. If you've never tried a great, fully mature red wine then you owe it to yourself to experience this exceptionally rare treat. If you have then you'll know that this is an opportunity you simply can't pass up. EXTREMELY LIMITED!
Breezes from the Atlantic cool the chalky soils of Rioja Alavesa, where the Faustino estate is located. With intense red cherry fruit and evident tobacco notes, this mature Rioja is delightfully velvety and evolved.