Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Faustino I Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.11060 ratings
9.2182 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
Daniel P. Drake

At our gathering again last night we opened this 2009 Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva. A blend of 92% Tempranillo and 8% Graciano.

On the nose there was blackberries, black cherries, black olives, spice, tomato and earth.

On the palate the was blackberry, black cherry, black plum, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, oak, spice and loads of earthiness.

This wine is full bodied with medium to medium + acidity and medium + mouthcoating grippy tannins that gives a long dark fruit earthy finish. It was so nice to spend time with close friends and enjoy some fine Tempranillo. Stay safe and healthy in the week ahead and we will see you again next weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

At our gathering again last night we opened this 2009 Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva. A blend of 92% Tempranillo and 8% Graciano.

On the nose there was blackberries, black cherries, black olives, spice, tomato and earth.

On the palate the was blackberry, black cherry, black plum, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, oak, spice and loads of earthiness.

This wine is full bodied with medium to medium + acidity and medium + mouthcoating grippy tannins that gives a long dark fruit earthy finish. It was so nice to spend time with close friends and enjoy some fine Tempranillo. Stay safe and healthy in the week ahead and we will see you again next weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Oct 17th, 2021
Anthony Pro

2004... good year for the Greeks. The Spanish? not as fortunate.

But this. Well aged. Well balanced.

Tobacco. Leather.

2004... good year for the Greeks. The Spanish? not as fortunate.

But this. Well aged. Well balanced.

Tobacco. Leather.

Sep 12th, 2020
"Odedi"

#AgedWineTuesday

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light and gentle nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, light oak, Indian spices, cinnamon, light licorice, coffee, light vinaigrette, curry and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, light cedar, vegetables, coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, black tea, peppercorn, vinaigrette and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old is drinking very nicely now, although not from the best vintage.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the beautiful nose, but pretty good right out of the bottle too.

This Gran Reserva is always enjoyable. A nice wine to have by itself or with food, and especially great with fatty cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

#AgedWineTuesday

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light and gentle nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, light oak, Indian spices, cinnamon, light licorice, coffee, light vinaigrette, curry and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, light cedar, vegetables, coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, black tea, peppercorn, vinaigrette and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old is drinking very nicely now, although not from the best vintage.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the beautiful nose, but pretty good right out of the bottle too.

This Gran Reserva is always enjoyable. A nice wine to have by itself or with food, and especially great with fatty cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Sep 8th, 2020
brando cox

Amazing aromas of candied berry crumble, undergrowth, vanilla, dried plum, and a hint of leather. On the tongue its full or flavours with balanced dark berries, tobacco and cassis dominating. The unique austere and grippy texture signifies a cold vintage year. 9.0 /4.1

Aging: typical of a gran rioja, this spends 26m in oak barrels. 3 years in bottle. Drinking 12 years post vintage in 2020. Drink now through 2024. Decant for 1 hr before drinking (taste in segments of 30 min to judge how its opening up)

Amazing aromas of candied berry crumble, undergrowth, vanilla, dried plum, and a hint of leather. On the tongue its full or flavours with balanced dark berries, tobacco and cassis dominating. The unique austere and grippy texture signifies a cold vintage year. 9.0 /4.1

Aging: typical of a gran rioja, this spends 26m in oak barrels. 3 years in bottle. Drinking 12 years post vintage in 2020. Drink now through 2024. Decant for 1 hr before drinking (taste in segments of 30 min to judge how its opening up)

Apr 25th, 2020
William Hughes

Nose has dried cherries, sweet spice, fine leather, earth, and cinnamon. Black cherries, leather, some sweet spice that carry along well-integrated tannins. Quite Burgundian in its feel. Really a pleasure with Spanish lamb stew.

Nose has dried cherries, sweet spice, fine leather, earth, and cinnamon. Black cherries, leather, some sweet spice that carry along well-integrated tannins. Quite Burgundian in its feel. Really a pleasure with Spanish lamb stew.

Apr 22nd, 2020
Shay A
9.0

I was fortunate enough to attend the grand tasting at TexSom this year. Talk about a Who’s Who of the wine world! Incredible environment with beautiful wines.

Hard to rate at this age (they even had a ‘70s bottle that I missed out on), but there was still some semblance of graham cracker, rhubarb and cherry going. Tobacco. Fairly earthy and dusty.

I was fortunate enough to attend the grand tasting at TexSom this year. Talk about a Who’s Who of the wine world! Incredible environment with beautiful wines.

Hard to rate at this age (they even had a ‘70s bottle that I missed out on), but there was still some semblance of graham cracker, rhubarb and cherry going. Tobacco. Fairly earthy and dusty.

Aug 14th, 2018
Chris McClellan

Stunning, earth, balsamic, stones, tannins so smooth and refined, acid perfect.....just amazing.... paired with nice steak...

Stunning, earth, balsamic, stones, tannins so smooth and refined, acid perfect.....just amazing.... paired with nice steak...

Apr 10th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

32 years old and smells like an old library book, amongst a bunch of other things, but the palate is fresh. Damp with strawberry, brick, and leather, with even some mint leaf showing through. Happy I have more of this.

32 years old and smells like an old library book, amongst a bunch of other things, but the palate is fresh. Damp with strawberry, brick, and leather, with even some mint leaf showing through. Happy I have more of this.

Dec 26th, 2017
Aaron Means

Absolutely delicious. Could easily last another 15-20 years the fruit was so vibrant and youthful. Cedar and crunchy red fruits in their youth, this was developing tobacco, earth, and hints of darker plum and leather flavors at this age. Very complex and regretfully poundable.

Absolutely delicious. Could easily last another 15-20 years the fruit was so vibrant and youthful. Cedar and crunchy red fruits in their youth, this was developing tobacco, earth, and hints of darker plum and leather flavors at this age. Very complex and regretfully poundable.

Oct 4th, 2017
Aaron Means

Youthful and vibrant still. Red cherry jolly ranchers dipped in cedar. Bringing the 🔥! I prefer this to the '01 that I had the other day. @ Pignetti's Restaurant, Temple TX

Youthful and vibrant still. Red cherry jolly ranchers dipped in cedar. Bringing the 🔥! I prefer this to the '01 that I had the other day. @ Pignetti's Restaurant, Temple TX

Aug 19th, 2017