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Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 2012
The 2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva is a modern rendition of the old-time classical Riojas, with black rather than red fruit notes and developed aromas of leather and game, black licorice and Chinese ink. It’s medium-bodied, with good acidity and it has a slightly dry finish. I’d have expected a bit more meat and concentration from this vintage. Drink 2014–2019.Add winemaker's notes
dried fruit, herbaceous and earthy, with bits of cherry and seeped black tea leaves. nice length, and definitely has great aging potential.
rustic cherries, smooth mouthfeel with an enjoyable length
Nose: earthy, oaky, spicy, vanilla, mature red fruit characters (cherry?). Palate: earthy (red earth), spicy, vanilla, oaky, some red fruit characters. Soft, full bodied. Acidity still fresh, almost citrusy/lemony. Long on palate.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I
The 2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva is a modern rendition of the old-time classical Riojas, with black rather than red fruit notes and developed aromas of leather and game, black licorice and Chinese ink. It’s medium-bodied, with good acidity and it has a slightly dry finish. I’d have expected a bit more meat and concentration from this vintage. Drink 2014–2019.
Rusty and mature looking, this is woodsy, dry and rooty on the nose, with whiffs of tree bark and tobacco running alongside cherry and berry notes. It’s mature, with flavors of stewed plum, herbs and spice that are straight from the textbook, while the finish is dry, earthy and showing core acidity. Drink now.
This supple red shows traditional character, with tobacco, sanguine and leather notes around a core of cherry and dried herbs. The light tannins and balsamic acidity give way to a spicy, earthy finish. Drink now.
Wine Express European Wine of the Year!! Number 1 Wine of the Year in Decanter Magazine! Out of the the more than 3,000 wines reviewed in 2013 by Europe's most prestigious wine journal Decanter, they selected this Rioja as their Wine of the Year. Faustino produces Gran Reserva in only the best vintages. With 1,625 acres of vineyards, located in the upper portion of the Rioja Alavesa, Faustino’s Gran Reserva wines are all estate grown and bottled. The wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. After fermentation it ages aged for 28 months in 80% American oak barrels from West Virginia and 20% French Vosges oak barrels. Then it matures in the Bodegas' cellar, softening to a silken smoothness and taking on immense complexity. Decanter's editors rated it 97 points overall. One wrote "A top example of an aged Rioja. Powerful yet elegant with a complex array of flavors. Delicate use of creamy oak and spicy, leathery notes with ripe bramble fruits leading to a mineral finish. A classy wine. Delicious to drink now but its freshness will enable further cellaring."
The 2000 Gran Reserva, a blend of 86% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo aged for 26 months in American and French oak, has a dusty, leathery nose with touches of soy. The palate is nicely balanced with leathery black fruit and a dry, smooth licorice-tinged finish. Drink now–2018.
Ruby-red. Wild, meaty aromas of dried red fruits, floral oils, pipe tobacco and cured meat. Smooth, appealingly sweet and smoky, offering redcurrant and cherry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Notes of vanilla and mocha carry through a long, smooth finish, which shows just a whisper of tannins. Decidedly old-school; fans of the type will likely find my score low.
Ruby-red. Wild meaty aromas of dried red fruits floral oils pipe tobacco and cured meat. Smooth appealingly sweet and smoky offering redcurrant and cherry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Notes of vanilla and mocha carry through a long smooth finish which shows just a whisper of tannins. Decidedly old-school; fans of the type will likely find my score low. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
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