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November 11, 2013

THE FAUSTINO COLLECTION: GREAT OLD RIOJA


This traditional Rioja producer has been a house favorite since we tasted the 1994 Gran Reserva many years ago. Classically styled with plummy fruit, fresh acidity, and underpinnings of damp earth and an array of spices, we have been following this producer for some time and selling it well in spite of a complete lack of any 'press'. It is one of the best Gran Reserva values anywhere and the previous 'current release' we sold, the 1999, was a striking bottle particularly considering that 1999 wasn't a particularly special vintage in Rioja.

A lot of houses didn't even make Gran Reservas in 1999 and 2000, but Faustino did and they were delicious. We initially put together this assortment from their library stocks and the wines performed so well at our 'Old Rioja' tasting in September we went back and bought some more. A lot of folks will think the frosted bottle and the wire (a tradition in Rioja to insure authenticity after a period long ago where counterfeiting was a problem) are kind of 'hokey'. But it is intentional 'old school' packaging. Given the bottle age and prices, they are still pretty spectacular values for aged reds.

FAUSTINO 2001 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score: DEC 97

add to cart $29.99   add a case $359.88

Decanter: "Restrained, mineral style with elegant tannins. Youthful and fresh, feminine and complex. Deliciously decadent, with extraordinary vitality in the palate and a long unique, finish. A jewel at this price."

S. Irene Virbila writes in Los Angeles Times: "This is why Rioja is one of the best values in red wine right now. Where else could you find such a distinguished red from the 2001 ... read more

FAUSTINO 1991 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $69.99   add a case $839.88

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FAUSTINO 1990 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $69.99   add a case $839.88

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FAUSTINO 1987 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $84.99   add a case $1019.88

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FAUSTINO 1985 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $99.99   add a case $1199.88

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FAUSTINO 1982 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $109.99   add a case $1319.88

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FAUSTINO 1970 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $139.99   add a case $1679.88

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FAUSTINO 1964 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA
score:
add to cart $199.99   add a case $2399.88

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