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I Gran Reserva

External Review by Palm Bay International:

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.

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Region: Spain » Rioja

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Color: Red
Varietal: Tempranillo
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External Reviews for I Gran Reserva

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
03/19/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/14/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/04/2012

I Gran Reserva 1999 - 90 points, Wine Spectator/ Smooth and supple, this traditional red offers complex flavors of dried cherry, licorice, tea, tobacco and spice, joined by light tannins and lively acidity. This gives up power for grace, and remains fresh and alluring.


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Source: Palm Bay International
01/29/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/09/2012

Grupo Faustino is the country’s leading producer of fine wines from Rioja and one of the most celebrated names in modern Spanish winemaking. Founded 150 years ago by Eleuterio Martinez Arzok, Grupo Faustino has excelled in balancing tradition and modernity over the past decades. The winery received worldwide acclaim in the 1950s when descendant Julio Faustino Martinez launched the family-owned label in both national and international markets. Today, the estate is led by Don Julio Martinez along with his children. With 1,625 acres of vineyards, Faustino’s Reserva and 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. Production Area Rioja Alavesa, Spain From mature vines (planted in the mid-1960s) in Faustino’s estate vineyards in Rioja, Spain. Grape Varieties 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo Vinification Grapes are de-stemmed and undergo fermentation at 86°F. The grapes then goes through a 27-day maceration period with light pumping over, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wines age for 28 months in oak (80% American and 20% French) and spend 36 months aging in the bottle before they are released, for a total ageing of 64 months. Color Intense, bright cherry red. Bouquet Aromatic and complex, with notes of tobacco, cedar and leather against a background of ripe fruit, jam and spices. Taste Powerful yet velvety, with flavors of rich red fruit, licorice and minerals and smooth, ripe tannins. Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Excellent with roasted lamb, duck, pork and beef. A great accompaniment to ham croquettes, hard cheeses, and sautéed vegetables.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
05/02/2012

Faustino I 1999 - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast/ This aged wine hits most of the right keys. It’s sexy and racy on the bouquet, with tobacco, orange peel, rooty cherry and tree bark aromas…


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
01/28/2012

I Gran Reserva 1999 - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast/ This aged wine hits most of the right keys. It’s sexy and racy on the bouquet, with tobacco, orange peel, rooty cherry and tree bark aromas. It’s a bit sharp and lean in the mouth at this point, with flavors of tomato, raisin, dry berry, cocoa and spice. Gets more acidic as it sits.


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