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Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008 Wine Review

Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008

Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 3

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Drink: 2020-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Faustino I

Agent: Select Wine Merchants Inc.

Natalie's Score: 91/100

Produced by Bodegas Gaustino Martinez. Elegant and dry with ripe dark fruit, dark spices aromas on the nose. Smooth with dried fruit, mocha, tanned leather and sweet tobacco leaf flavours on the palate.

Food pairings: wild boar roast, grilled venison steak, roast pheasant.

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This Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008 was reviewed on December 24, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

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Christian Marcoux rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A refined Spaniard from the Rioja Valley, the Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008 is made from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Complex and structured, the wine exposes aged color and delicious aromas of dried blackberry, fig, mustard seed, pastrami, parmesan cheese, cigar box and oak. Medium-bodied, the Faustino I shows polished tannins and pleasant acidity. Palate: sour cherry, fig, black pepper, earth note, cinnamon and cedar. A food-friendly wine that will charm any amateur of Rioja wine. Enjoy!
From the Rioja wine region, Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008 is a full-bodied, Tempranillo-driven spicy red produced by Bodegas Gaustino Martinez. Spicy on the nose as well with leather, oak spice and vanilla aromas. Bright with dark cherry, plum, earthy, spicy and vanilla flavours on the palate balanced with food-friendly acidity. Pair with roast chicken. The 2008 vintage spent over two years in French and American oak barrels and three years in bottle prior to its release. - Community Wine Reviews

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