Faustino I Gran Reserva 1999
26 months in American and French oak barrels
Guia Peñin, 89 points. Concours Mondial de Bruselas 2011, Gold Medal.
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One of the classic producers of Rioja Gran Reserva is still crafting proud examples from the traditionalist school. The nose is of mushrooms, old barrels, and dried and concentrated fruits-- the smells that only time in a cellar can provide. The mouth is far more fruity, showing red and bing cherries and cranberries, but the character of barrel aging that defines Gran Reserva remains, alongside herbal notes of green tobacco, herbs, and cardamom. Drink now or over the next several years.
Faustino I Gran Reserva, the most recognized Gran Reserva from DO Rioja, is clean, bright, and ruby-colored with brick rims. On the nose, it is deep and complex with light spice notes and ripe-fruit hints and expressing it long aging background with very light leather notes. On the mouth, it is velvety, soft, round, and well-balanced, ending with long aftertaste from the very long aging in wood. One out of three bottles of the Gran Reserva DO Rioja comes from our cellars.
About the Winery
Bodegas Faustino, located in Oyón, has earned deserved international acclaim during its more than 140 years of experience in the making and aging of top-of-the-range wines. The winery has 1,606 acres of vineyards in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region, distributed between the towns of Laguardia and Oyón. The excellent qualities of the mixed clay and calcareous soils in these grape-growing areas, together with an ideal microclimate, add unbeatable added value to the grape varieties (Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, and Viura) that grow in the vineyards. The winery's premises are home to more than nine million bottles, which are placed on the market only when Faustino´s expert oenologists consider it appropriate. Each year, the winery renews more than 17% of its French and American oak barrels.