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1996 Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Bodegas Faustino bodegasfaustino.com   details
Appellation: Rioja - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Tempranillo - Graciano - Mazuelo
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$30.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: April 14, 2006 , Michael Hermansson
"Information ifrån hemsidan" Best 2002-2012
rated: November 10, 2007 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
"Brilliant, medium-to-high depth colour with cherry red in the center of the glass and a garnet and tawny rim. Intense and complex to the nose aromas of spiced and new wood toasty, leather, vanilla and balsalmic against a mild alcoholic background. Well-finished palate that has powerful, enveloping tannic notes in the mouth which develop into an elegant meatiness. Just the right acidity to match any dish. As an avid fan of Riojas, I’m always looking for something to impress me, and this Faustino definitely did! This wine is aged for 18 months in American Oak and 12 months in French Oak, giving off beautiful toasty vanilla aromas. The sweet dark-cherry fruit flavors that explode in your mouth, coupled with a touch of earthiness due to the small mix of Mazuelo grape give the wine great balance. For proof that wine can truly make a dish, try this Rioja with lamb! Trust me: it will be an unforgettable dinner! A nice bonus is its interesting bottle that will surely be a conversation piece! - Liz Dowty, Santa Ana The Wine Spectator Plum, dried cherry, dusty spice and leather notes mingle in this mature red, which is still quite fresh. A balanced wine, it will make a fine accompaniment to delicate dishes. Drink now. 100,000 cases made. Score: 87. —Thomas Matthews, November 30, 2006. "
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