So I have been MIA lately! Things have been extremely hectic around our home and with life in general. However, what better comeback then with the 2001 Faustino I Grand Reserva, this is one remarkable bottle of wine. Hailing from the upper area of the Rioja Alevesa, Spain, the Faustino is a Tempranillo blend and is comprised of 85% of the Tempranillo grape, the balance is comprised of 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. The Faustino is accessible now and has a powerful and long lasting finish that is sure to please the most refined of palates. Cherry and black fruit notes prevail with a pleasant note of spices and the right balance of smoke. At a price of under $40 per bottle, the Faustino represents exceptional value, this is truly a bottle of wine to use for a special occasion or to impress any guest. Scores for the Faustino have been given as high as 100 points, most notably by decanter.com, if one were to look at an average of scores offered it would still rank very high in the 96-97 point range, with is still very impressive. The Faustino is very easy to pair but is most suitably matched with roasted and grilled red meats, pasta Bolognese and lasagna. The Faustino would also pair well with firmer cheeses with more pronounced flavours, ideally Manchego, Pecorino Romano, Asiago or even an aged white cheddar. If you have the patience, decant your Faustino and give it a few hours to open up and allow it’s fragrant flavours to develop to increase your drinking pleasure. Well done to Bodegas for their fine work, a true gem of a bottle and a pleasure and privilege to consume! Alla Salute!
Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001
Origin: Rioja, Spain
Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Fruity
Grape Variety: Tempranillo Blend
Size: 750ml bottle