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|FAUSTINO I RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 2005 DOCa Rioja
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
|The LCBO refused to allow the accredited wine reviewers to taste this March 16 release. A SECOND REPEAT of the 2005 (***) with 90-points that was released on August 4, 2018 at $35.95. Here is my note: Fairly deep intense purple colour. Very cedary, intense, spicy, baked plum nose with some sandalwood notes. Dry, medium bodied, well structured, harmonious, cedary, intense, baked plum flavours with a lifted, lingering, high acid, sandalwood-tinged finish. This REPEAT blend of 86% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo (Cariņena) was aged for 26 months in oak barrels. TONY ASPLER / 90-points - Sandalwood and red berry bouquet; medium-bodied, strawberry and red plum flavours, firmly structured with fresh acidity. Has 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with bottle number 050006 on the front label.
||Red Table Wine
Intense, Ripe, Cedary
||Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
|TASTING NOTE: A wine that is evolving slowly, leaving behind a complex savoury character which mingles with red plums, vanilla and full grainy tannins. A benchmark for a long ageing Rioja with quality. Drinking Window 2017-2025. Score - 93 (Tasting panel, Decanter, March 2017)
||vintages release - March 16, 2019
||599 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent