Faustino I Gran Reserva 75 Aniversario DOCa Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009
100% Tempranillo; Amber-rimmed red. Displays smoky, oak-spice-tinged red fruit, rose pastille and cigar box aromas that show very good delineation and mineral lift. Smooth, broad and sweet on the palate, offering cherry-cola, chewing tobacco, coconut and fruitcake flavors that pick up a spicy nuance on the back half. Definitely ripe but there's good energy here as well. Finishes smooth, smoky and impressively long, with just a hint of fine-grained tannins that lend gentle final grip.
"The ripeness of the vintage brings good depth and better balance than nearby vintages. Dark plums and cherries pervade the nose and palate. The finish delivers succulent freshness. Drink or hold.
James Suckling, 92 Points
95 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating