Faustino I Gran Reserva 1996

Faustino I Gran Reserva 1996

I’ve been waiting for a nice lamb dinner to drink this, it works so well with slow cooked lamb. This thing has just about every marketing/packaging trick known to man (or Riojan man anyway); a marble tinted bottle, gold wire, an iconic label with a huge painting of some dude with a hat. The wine is very good, traditional gran reserva with some very good fruit. Make sure you decant this puppy, Gran Reservas need at least 30 minutes of air time to really show their stuff.

The nose is smoky with a bit of nail polish, stewed cherry, winter green chewing tobacco and a bit of barnyard and cedary oak notes. Super smooth, plenty of stewed red fruits, black currant and blackberry, nutty and woody notes with an excellent backbone of acid, drying finish. Tannin Deluxe. 92 for the traditionalist, don’t bother if old rioja isn’t your thing. A touch of brett might put your nose out of joint…91+ Pts.

Source: Broadway Liquor Distributors Price: $60 Closure: Cork

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