Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001
Decanter#1 Wine of 2013 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. Drink 2014-2030
Wine EnthusiastRusty and mature looking, this is woodsy, dry and rooty on the nose, with whiffs of tree bark and tobacco running alongside cherry and berry notes. It's mature, with flavors of stewed plum, herbs and spice that are straight from the textbook, while the finish is dry, earthy and showing core acidity. Drink now.
Wine SpectatorThis supple red shows traditional character, with tobacco, sanguine and leather notes around a core of cherry and dried herbs. The light tannins and balsamic acidity give way to a spicy, earthy finish. Drink now. 85,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva is a modern rendition of the old-time classical Riojas, with black rather than red fruit notes and developed aromas of leather and game, black licorice and Chinese ink. It's medium-bodied, with good acidity and it has a slightly dry finish. I'd have expected a bit more meat and concentration from this vintage. Drink 2014-2019.