Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Faustino I Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.2395 ratings
9.279 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Doug Adams

2001 Vintage. Medium bodied, light nose, cherry with smoke and plum. Complex. An interesting wine!

2001 Vintage. Medium bodied, light nose, cherry with smoke and plum. Complex. An interesting wine!

4 people found it helpfulApr 26th, 2015
Riccardo L.

Reminds me of an aged Barolo. Still got plenty of life on it; at least another ten. Cigar box, dried cherries and pomegranates. Tar, wood chips, and grape seeds. A little less viscous, but exceptionally well-developed.

Reminds me of an aged Barolo. Still got plenty of life on it; at least another ten. Cigar box, dried cherries and pomegranates. Tar, wood chips, and grape seeds. A little less viscous, but exceptionally well-developed.

3 people found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2015
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.8

Vivid cigar box aromatics and well integrated brett. Mineral rich black cherry/cranberry/plum fruit, silky tannins, complex mushroom overtones on the finish. Full of vitality. 28 months in mostly american oak, a modest duration for gran reserva, which may attribute to its deep color after 14 years.

Vivid cigar box aromatics and well integrated brett. Mineral rich black cherry/cranberry/plum fruit, silky tannins, complex mushroom overtones on the finish. Full of vitality. 28 months in mostly american oak, a modest duration for gran reserva, which may attribute to its deep color after 14 years.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 21st, 2015
Shay A
9.1

This was Decanter's 2013 Wine of the Year. Came across it fairly hidden at a local wine shop in town and got it for $40. Figured why not!

At 16yrs old, the color is still extremely ruby shaded. Don't really see any bricking around the edges. Floral nose of cherries, and a dirty/dusty element to it. Fairly thin at the front of the palate, but it has a nice weight in the middle and the finish is holding strong. Black peppercorn, faint leather taste and a rush of tart cherries. Reminds me of a 5-7yr old Sonoma Pinot. This is still "juicy", which to me is less in your face than "jammy". Fruit is giving way to secondary notes. Not WOTY for me, but for $40, a nice find.

Update: Much better after 45mins as well as at cellar temp.

This was Decanter's 2013 Wine of the Year. Came across it fairly hidden at a local wine shop in town and got it for $40. Figured why not!

At 16yrs old, the color is still extremely ruby shaded. Don't really see any bricking around the edges. Floral nose of cherries, and a dirty/dusty element to it. Fairly thin at the front of the palate, but it has a nice weight in the middle and the finish is holding strong. Black peppercorn, faint leather taste and a rush of tart cherries. Reminds me of a 5-7yr old Sonoma Pinot. This is still "juicy", which to me is less in your face than "jammy". Fruit is giving way to secondary notes. Not WOTY for me, but for $40, a nice find.

Update: Much better after 45mins as well as at cellar temp.

1 person found it helpfulJun 7th, 2017
Adam Preister

This is a wine that must be decanted. Excellent wine after it opens up after one hour

This is a wine that must be decanted. Excellent wine after it opens up after one hour

1 person found it helpfulJan 20th, 2016
Hermine Benard

Clear medium ruby robe. Clean pronounced nose of leather, meat, spice , mushroom, macerated strawberries, caramel and oak. Dry palate with medium acidity and body but medium + tannins. Flavors of pipe tobacco, licorice, dried cherries, bay leaf and wet soil. Complex flavors. Drinks like a meal. It will make you hungry. Should be great with aged manchego. Prob large American oak barrel aged.

Clear medium ruby robe. Clean pronounced nose of leather, meat, spice , mushroom, macerated strawberries, caramel and oak. Dry palate with medium acidity and body but medium + tannins. Flavors of pipe tobacco, licorice, dried cherries, bay leaf and wet soil. Complex flavors. Drinks like a meal. It will make you hungry. Should be great with aged manchego. Prob large American oak barrel aged.

1 person found it helpfulOct 6th, 2015
Jim Reed

Fine Wine Room Manager Harbor View Wines and Liquors

9.4

Feel like I'm on the bandwagon but this is delicious

Feel like I'm on the bandwagon but this is delicious

1 person found it helpfulAug 20th, 2015
Stacy Markow

Complex aromas of mushrooms, vanilla, and leaves. Bright and beautiful.

Complex aromas of mushrooms, vanilla, and leaves. Bright and beautiful.

1 person found it helpfulDec 7th, 2014
Aaron Means

Beautiful and lively in the mouth. Red berry, cherry, cedar. Perfect.

Beautiful and lively in the mouth. Red berry, cherry, cedar. Perfect.

Jul 9th, 2017
Gregory Fulchiero

Strong new American oak, lively acidity, prominent Brett gamey notes, wine of the year ? (decanter mag 2013) um...no. But great nonetheless

Strong new American oak, lively acidity, prominent Brett gamey notes, wine of the year ? (decanter mag 2013) um...no. But great nonetheless

Nov 24th, 2016