Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I

9.25 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
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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
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
Yan Boissonneault

A mini Faustino vertical tasting 1991, 2001, 2004

A mini Faustino vertical tasting 1991, 2001, 2004

Jun 11th, 2017
Eric Urbani

Eric had this 4 years ago

Eric had this 4 years ago

Apr 10th, 2017
Patrick Hurley

Patrick had this a year ago

Patrick had this a year ago

Apr 26th, 2020