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Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 Dercanter 93pts

Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 Dercanter 93pts

In 1861 Eleuterio Martinez Arzok set out on a journey, selling his Rioja wines direct from the barel, working from the back of a horse-drawn cart. Thus began Bodegas Faustino, today Spain's largest producer of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. In the late 1950's Eleuterio's equally adventurous descendant, Faustino Martinez, launched the Faustino label. Source of over 25% of all Reserva and Gran reserve Riojas sold abroad, Faustino is a proud custodian of Rioja's international reputation for world-class wines. A phenomenal nine million bottles of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are stored in Faustino's magnificent cellars. With 1,625 acres of vineyards, Faustino's Reserva and Gran Reserva are all estate grown and bottled. The vineyards are located in the upper portion of Rioja Alavesa, at an altitude of 1,200-1,800 feet. Here, the climate is relatively cool thanks to the maritime influence of the Atlantic Ocean to the North, and the vines thrive in the area's chalky soil.
Produced only in the best vintages, productions was halted in the years where the crop did not meet quality standards. This wine rests in the bottle for much longer than what Rioja law requires, and is subsequently released to the market only when taste-tests are optimum. The Faustino I bottle is unique in its kind and patented - made with an opaque glass to protect the wine from light.
Grape are destemmed and undergo fermentation at 86 F. The grapes then go through a 27 day maceration period with a light pumping over, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wines age for 28 months in American and French oak and at least 3 years in the bottle.

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