I Gran Reserva
I Gran Reserva 2001 - 97 points & Top Wine of 2013, Decanter/ Deliciously decadent, with extraordinary vitality on the palate and a long, unique f... Read more
I Gran Reserva 2006 - Recommended, iSante/ Beautifully structured with classic Rioja aromas and flavors. Raspberry jam, black cherry, smoky cedar,... Read more
I Gran Reserva 1998 - Critics Gold, 2010 Critics Challenge/ ...gentle & beautifully balanced. Read more
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I Gran Reserva 2001 - 97 points & Top Wine of 2013, Decanter/ Deliciously decadent, with extraordinary vitality on the palate and a long, unique finish. A jewel at this price.” I gave this wine full marks- it was perfect. I cannot think of any other wine, in this price range, that provides so much complexity, elegance, style, classicism and length.
I Gran Reserva 2006 - Recommended, iSante/ Beautifully structured with classic Rioja aromas and flavors. Raspberry jam, black cherry, smoky cedar, leather, and spice on the nose, with a touch of espresso and dark chocolate. Smooth and rich on the plate, with red and black fruit, flavors over baking spice, sandalwood, and star anise. Balanced, with mature tannins and long finish. Showing extremely well.
I Gran Reserva 1998 - Critics Gold, 2010 Critics Challenge/ ...gentle & beautifully balanced.
1 Gran Reserva 1988 - Sommelier Journal/ This transported me to a Rioja winery; I really felt like I was in among the barrels and the bottles aging, and the slight wininess that you smell in a cellar. This was the entire package for me - it had all the markers you would want in a gran reserva, with a really delicious, compelling palate.
I Gran Reserva 2001 - 91 points/ 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.
I Gran Reserva 1996 - Recommended, Bon Appetit/ A lighter-style Rioja with plum flavors and subtle spice finish. Hot bottle.
Faustino rules in Rioja region/ Palm Bay Imports hosted a vertical tasting of Faustino's best Riojas, going back to the watermark vintage of 1964. The tasting was instructive on several fronts. One, quality Riojas, made principally from the tempranillo grape, can age very well if handled properly. Two, in these days of three-digit price tags for wines from California, France, Italy and Australia basically with no track record, the top Faustino wines from the better vintages are downright bargains. Another interesting note: The Faustino gran reservas, while seeing the officially correct time in barrels, are not overoaked, as some Riojas can be, which can give a "cheesy" qualit. Furthermore, the top Faustino wines, especially with some age, are almost as versatile as wines made from the pinot noir grape when it comes to matching with different foods. young and somewhat tannic, sweet cherry nuances; decant half an hour before serving.
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