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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I Gran Reserva
Grape Varieties85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
DescriptionGrupo 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 areas chalky soil.
VinificationGrapes 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.
ColorIntense, bright cherry red
NoseAromatic and complex, with notes of tobacco, cedar and leather against a background of ripe fruit, jam and spices
PalatePowerful yet velvety, with flavors of rich red fruit, licorice and minerals and smooth, ripe tannins
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %
Serving SuggestionsExcellent with roasted lamb, duck, pork and beef. A great accompaniment to ham croquettes, hard cheeses.