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Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 1970

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Grape Varieties: 90% Tempranillo; 10% Mazuelo and Graciano Color: Intense, bright ruby red. Bouquet: Aromatic, delicate yet intense with glycerine notes. Taste: Mellow, velvety and smooth.

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Faustino:
Bodega Faustino was built in 1968 but wine production under the Faustino name began long before that when, in 1861, Eleutorio Martinez Arzok purchased a vineyard in Oyon, Spain.  The vineyard stayed in the family and bottling begin in 1930 by Faustino Martinez Perez de Albeniz. Bodega Faustino sits on a little over 1,500 acres across the municipalities of Laguardia, Logrono, Mendavia,... Read more
Bodega Faustino was built in 1968 but wine production under the Faustino name began long before that when, in 1861, Eleutorio Martinez Arzok purchased a vineyard in Oyon, Spain.  The vineyard stayed in the family and bottling begin in 1930 by Faustino Martinez Perez de Albeniz. Bodega Faustino sits on a little over 1,500 acres across the municipalities of Laguardia, Logrono, Mendavia, and Oyon in Northeastern Spain.  By combining local climate and conditions with the tradition and experience of winemakers, Faustino wines are recognized and celebrated all over the world. Stainless steel tanks and state-of-the-art technologies are combined with traditional processes to create the unique Faustino wines that, after being aged in either American or French Oak, continue to be celebrated. Read less

External Reviews for Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

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!


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Youthful and powerful, with a deep garnet color, fresh plum and tar aromas and round, rich fruit and spice flavors. Drink now.(WS)


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/31/2008

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.



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Grape Varieties: 90% Tempranillo; 10% Mazuelo and Graciano Color: Intense, bright ruby red. Bouquet: Aromatic, delicate yet intense with glycerine notes. Taste: Mellow, velvety and smooth.

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