1996 Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja
Winemaker Notes: The icon wine of Bodegas Faustino is only produced in outstanding years including 1964, 1970, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999.
From mature vines (planted in the mid-1960s) in Faustino’s estate vineyards in Rioja, Spain.
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
Grapes are de-stemmed and undergo fermentation at 86°F. The grapes then goes through a 27-day
maceration period with light pumping over, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wines age for 28
months in oak (80% American and 20% French) and spend 36 months aging in the bottle before they are
released, for a total ageing of 64 months.