Benchmark Gran Reserva Rioja
Impossibly fresh after 11 years!
The highest-rated Spanish wine on Decanter’s ‘Most Exciting Red Wines in 2019’ list was the popular Faustino I Gran Reserva 2009. A quintessential Rioja, it is beautifully perfumed, earthy, incredibly pure fruited and impossibly fresh. It’s going to age forever!
Bodegas Faustino has been producing Gran Reserva Rioja for 150 years and is the largest Gran Reserva house. The chalky soil of the Alavesa region, combined with traditional winemaking, produce a classical wine with remarkable structure. Only made in the best vintages, it is specially aged for 26 months in American and French oak and then another 8 years in bottle before release.
Both 2009 and 2015 were warm, near-perfect vintages delivering a healthy, ripe crop. The medium-bodied 2009 drinks easily with its extremely fine structure and fruit purity. The Reserva-level wines encompass more modern styling with shorter ageing – 18 months American oak – for the 2015 V Reserva. The Icon Edition is aged in French oak only, and offers a more powerful structure. Both will age well for a decade.