Faustino, Crianza 2017 Bottle size: 750mlSpain, Rioja
'Clean, bright, red cherry colour ruby rim. On the nose, intense aromas, integrate fresh fruits, and sweet hints due to the barrel ageing. Structured and elegant on the palate. Medium – long finish, with sweet barrel ageing notes.' – Winemaker
Tasting notes on the 2016 vintage:
'Dark red. Bright and energetic on the fragrant nose, displaying an array of fresh red fruit and floral scents that are complemented by suggestions of succulent herbs, vanilla and coconut. Smooth, open-knit raspberry, cherry, rose pastille and cracked pepper flavors that pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Finishes long and spicy, with just a hint of tannins and lingering florality.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 90/100
'This polished, supple red shows black cherry, fresh herb, licorice and mineral flavors, harmonious and alluring. The structure is light but focused, the finish spicy and fresh. Graceful.' – Wine Spectator, 90/100
Bodegas Faustino has been producing Gran Reserva Rioja for 150 years and is the largest Gran Reserva house. The chalky soils of the Alavesa region gives the wine remarkable freshness and structure; allowing for decades of ageing. Their Gran Reserva is only made in the best vintages and released far later than Rioja law requires.
|Blend information||100% Tempranillo|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Bodegas Faustino has been producing Gran Reserva Rioja for 150 years and is the largest Gran Reserva house. The chalky soils of the Alavesa region gives the wine remarkable freshness and structure; allowing for decades of ageing. Their Gran Reserva is only made in the best vintages and released far later than Rioja law requires.|
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