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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
Discounted Case Price:$419.40 - 13% off!
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EXPERT RATING
Based on the 100 Point Scale
 DM  97 
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Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I
Wine Express European Wine of the Year!!
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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True Old World Style Rioja!
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.
March 19, 2014
Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva
A fair quaff, tannins still present, but past the peak I would expect from the ratings.
April 30, 2014
Flawed bottle?
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.
April 2, 2014
Not Good - unbalanced, hollow, and short
My wines are well maintained. I tried the Roja just after cracking it, then decanted it, then tried it over the next hour. It went from bad to tolerable, but never good. It was unbalanced and hollow with heavy tannins no fruit and all smoke. With a short finish. I have 3 more bottles that I will try at some point before giving the rest away.
November 4, 2014

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