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Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 2012

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

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.

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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

Member Reviews for Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I

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Snooth User: prosaic
76118583
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/07/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 1999 05/25/2012

dried fruit, herbaceous and earthy, with bits of cherry and seeped black tea leaves. nice length, and definitely has great aging potential.


Snooth User: jja347
97638114
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 10/31/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 1998 10/15/2010

rustic cherries, smooth mouthfeel with an enjoyable length


Snooth User: penguinoid
1482961,216
4.00 5
Vintage: 1998 12/18/2010

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.


Snooth User: sung hun choe
59346024
0.00 5
Vintage: 1998 11/25/2010

최명숙1011;25


Snooth User: olivetree
65967263
3.50 5
Vintage: 1998 12/02/2010

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2001 06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2001 12/12/2014

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."


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2001 05/13/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2001 05/13/2014

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2000 02/17/2013

According to Wine Advocate - 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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2000 07/06/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2000 07/06/2014

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.


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