Bodegas Faustino 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva I
Item Number: 20 60 260 01
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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Q: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
A: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
A:Was the next bottle any better?Answered on 6/3/2014 by Carlos from Richmond, VA
Q:Where is the 1985 vintage you advertised as a tip?Asked on 3/22/2014 by Norm
A:Hi Norm - unfortunately we are sold out of the 1985 vintage now. If you'd like to try another vintage we have a 2006 though it's not the Gran Reserva http://www.wineexpress.com/shopping/prod_detail/main.asp?cat=WBR&sl=0&catid=17&productID=30912 We do get in new vintages of this exceptional Rioja on occasion though so stay tuned!Answered on 3/24/2014 by Strumerika from Mount Kisco