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Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I
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  Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I
Item Number:20 60 260 01
Our Price:$39.95
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EXPERT RATING
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 DM  97 
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Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I
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."

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Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I
 
3.8

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        5.0

        Super Complex and Elegant Rioja

        By Westchester Wine Guy

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        • Balanced
        • Long Finish

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          Comments about Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I:

          Wow.. this one kind of blows you away with its depth and mystique. Red cherry and raspberry layer over notes of leather, clove and toasted hazelnuts on the nose. It is silky smooth on the palate, lovely acidity with just enough tannin structure adding depth. The nutty finish hangs on for minutes leaving a little bitter cocoa at the tail end.

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          3.0

          Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva

          By Rod

          from NC

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              • Weeknight

              Comments about Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I:

              A fair quaff, tannins still present, but past the peak I would expect from the ratings.

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              • Spicy Food
               
              2.0

              Flawed bottle?

              By J

              from Pittsburgh

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                  Comments about Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I:

                  Purchased a case - first bottle disappointing, not corked, but certainly not a wine to make Faustino proud. Nose good, fruit hollow, finish short. Does not compare well with other 2001 Gran Reservas. 87 points at best. Hopefully second bottle will show better.

                   
                  5.0

                  True Old World Style Rioja!

                  By Westchester Wine Guy

                  from Wine Express

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                  • Balanced
                  • Smooth

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                    Comments about Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I:

                    This is one complex and elegant wine. Wild and dark berry fruit are complimented by notes of smoked cedar, leather, toasted nuts and clove. Delicate and balanced on the plate, it finishes off dry with a chalky feel. Excellent value considering the caliber of wine this is.

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                      A disappointment – purchased a case – first bottle tasted showed promising nose, but fruit flavors were hollow and finish disappointingly brief. I have had other 2001 Gran Reservas with lower scores and less pedigree that were better wines. I am typically in agreement with Decanter ratings but to me this wine is 87pts at best. If second bottle shows better I will assume first bottle was flawed.
                      Asked on 3/31/2014 by Jack from Pittsburgh PA

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                        I have opened a bottle of the wine in May. Yes, it did disappoint when just opened up. However, having decant for half an hour, the wine becomes giant...just like you're riding on roller coaster.
                        Pal, be patient. Try to open another bottle and let it breath for 20 to 30 mins. then taste.
                        It'll never let you down!

                        Answered on 7/13/2014 by bckl from Hong Kong
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                        Update: Second bottle showed much better (I suppose bottle variation is to be expected as we try older vintages). Much more open and better after an hour of breathing with flavors aligned and seamless.

                        Answered on 6/4/2014 by J from Pittsburgh, PA
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                        Was the next bottle any better?

                        Answered on 6/3/2014 by Carlos from Richmond, VA
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                      Where is the 1985 vintage you advertised as a tip?
                      Asked on 3/22/2014 by Norm

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