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2006 Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja (Elsewhere $35) SKU #1488751

Price: $24.99

DC 95 W&S 93 WE 91
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  • Tim Telli
    By: Tim Telli
    K&L Staff Member
    This is such an iconic wine that feels like history in a bottle. It amazes me how the Spanish can release wines such as this with so much bottle age at these crazy low prices. Soft on the palate yet with enough underlying structure to let you know that it has the legs to go 12 rounds. A high toned nose of cherries and plums lead to a palate that is light on its feet and graceful. There is an elegance here that reminds me of the great Pinots of France. This is a classic Rioja that would complement a wide range of foods on the table. A really great deal.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a timeless icon of Rioja. While sipping on this wine trying to put my thoughts together I noticed that on the label. It is so correct. Faustino is Rioja. Before I started to really understand Rioja, I understood that Faustino was Rioja. This wine is a classic. The first sniff proclaims this to be Rioja; intense, rich, spicy and surprisingly youthful. If I didn't know what I was trying I would have assumed that it was at least 5 years younger than it is. The fruit is fresh with that great mix of dark fruit and red berries that is spiced with oak and earth the way that only Rioja can be. The palate is fresh and very youthful for its age. The tannins are present but rounded and there is a mature easiness to the wine yet it is still driven and energetic. The fruit is a mix of mulled dark berries, snappy red berries, cherry, plums with a little coconut, and woodsy spice. The finish is long and clean with spice soft earthy notes, and mellow fruits. The wine is charming and exotic. Drink it up now, or with the way that it is built, keep it in your cellar for a decade or more.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wonderful, drink now and often Gran Reserva with a verve that belays its age, but a developed finish that pays credit to it. Red fruit and cola notes all over the nose are continued on the palate and followed by the sweet wood notes of classic Rioja. Defined tannins and a rounded acid profile make this a perfect pairing for peppery pork.


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