Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001, Doca Rioja

Tempranillo Tempranillo
Rioja, Spain

$35.95 (976662)

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May 16, 2015

Critic Reviews (7)

Michael Godel
Michael Godel

It amazes me how kept wines from Rioja keep appearing as if they were just bottled yesterday but not this famous Gran...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

For admirers of classic Rioja, the 2001 I Gran Reserva (particularly in terms of maturity) is hard to beat. Dark...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

This highly-touted wine boast tremendous concentration for a 14-year old wine. Some notes of medicinal cherry,...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This mature Rioja has great finesse and structure, and the fruit is still vital with some curranty character. Loads...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A funky, brettanomyces-ridden wine with it's leathery, earthy, dusty, dried fruit character, along with pot pourri...

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Marc Chapleau
Marc Chapleau

A rioja can no longer point, which may be even better a year ago or two. Do not worry, you get a red at this price...

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Bill Zacharkiw
Bill Zacharkiw

Where tempranillo meets pinot noir. Sure, more tannins, but there is an underlying delicateness, acidity and...

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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

This unabashedly old-fashioned wine is a remarkable thing to experience. At any given time, it's anywhere from 87-91, fabulously complex at its best, unbalanced at its worst, shifting and evolving over the course of minutes, hours, and days. The main problem is the barnyard funk that dominates at first and then ebbs and flows. It's fine as part of the mix but somewhat repugnant when at its strongest. But for a 2001, there's still so much going on, with vibrant cherry, currant, and red berries, along with leather, baking spice, licorice, vanilla, and oak. So much to like, but, alas, that funk.

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