Bodegas Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva 2006

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Clean and bright with a medium deep color. Elegant cherry red developing to maroon. The nose is intense and complex. Well-integrated aromas ripe fruits and cedar (cigar box), spicy notes like clove and cinnamon. Slight toasted and cocoa touch. The palate is elegant, homogeneous and structured. Fine and silky. Round tannins. There is a long finish, it is intense and pleasant. Integrated notes of ripe fruits and wood.

Pairs well with any kind of meat and mushroom rice. Some tasty or oily fish such as tuna or cod. Medium-aged cheeses such as emmental or gruyere.

Blend: 86% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Critical Acclaim

Tasting Panel 95 - From what was considered to be a very good vintage in Rioja, this blend of 86% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged 26 months in American oak followed by an additional three years in bottle. On the palate, teeth-coating tannins encounter red-peppered red fruit, cinnamon-spiced rose petals, and tobacco before a hint of peppermint cools the mouth. A glorious red that has flawlessly endured the passage of time
Wine & Spirits 93 - This is the kind of light and fragrant Rioja that makes me smile. It stands out in a crowd of modern, concentrated wines with its delicate rose-petal scents and plump freshness. Still youthful, its 12 years of age show in a heady richness that underlies the fruit, as if the darkness of mazuelo had begun to saturate the austere structure of tempranillo, all of it energized by a touch of purple graciano in the mix. It’s easy to imagine the lamb chops coming straight off the grill as you taste this wine.
Wine Enthusiast 91 - Smooth, welcoming aromas of cola, black fruits and integrated oak are soft and indicate that this is ready to drink. A plump, sappy palate delivers ripe berry and chocolate flavors, while this is fleshy on a finish weighted down by berry pulp.
James Suckling 90 - Good depth here with rich plum and black-cherry flavors. Plenty of spicy and earthy development too. The tannins are nicely honed and the acidity sizzles away on the finish.
Decanter 90 - A burst of black fruit followed by a full-bodied palate with a grainy texture. It has intensity and length, if a little warm on the finish.
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