Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

9.218 ratings
9.13 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo
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
Anthony Pro

Haven’t had this vintage in 5 years., and the extra 5 years of aging makes a difference.

I also had the 1994 exactly a year ago, and it’s even better than that.

Great value considering how aged it is. Smooth. Berry bonanza.

I play a game with my wife where she picks a bottle from my cabinet while I grill a steak (in this case, a 1.25kg dry aged porterhouse) and I blind taste the wine and tell her what it is. We made a bet that if I got the correct bottle (out of over 50) that she had to go and spend $150 on a bottle. If I got it wrong, I couldn’t shop at the LCBO for two weeks (that’s like a year for anyone else).

I guessed old world. Spanish. Approx 10 years old... but thought it was a 2010 Cune Gran Reserva.

Aka...
#2WeekBanFromTheLCBO

Haven’t had this vintage in 5 years., and the extra 5 years of aging makes a difference.

I also had the 1994 exactly a year ago, and it’s even better than that.

Great value considering how aged it is. Smooth. Berry bonanza.

I play a game with my wife where she picks a bottle from my cabinet while I grill a steak (in this case, a 1.25kg dry aged porterhouse) and I blind taste the wine and tell her what it is. We made a bet that if I got the correct bottle (out of over 50) that she had to go and spend $150 on a bottle. If I got it wrong, I couldn’t shop at the LCBO for two weeks (that’s like a year for anyone else).

I guessed old world. Spanish. Approx 10 years old... but thought it was a 2010 Cune Gran Reserva.

Aka...
#2WeekBanFromTheLCBO

Jul 6th, 2020
Jake Hajer

Aged just right. Soft vanilla and round cherry-dust.

Aged just right. Soft vanilla and round cherry-dust.

Oct 5th, 2018
Jim McCusker

Fantastic!

Fantastic!

1 person found it helpfulJan 4th, 2018
Willie Carter

Bing cherry color in the glass with a ruby rim. Just the barest touch of bricking but certainly nothing to be concerned about. Spice and red fruit dominate this nose with black pepper and cherries leading the way. Fresh cut tomatoes, plums, and lavender show up too.

Showing pretty well at this age with no discernible defects. In fact, the fruit is fresh and lively. It’s not an overly complicated wine but it is classy. As much as an old reliable as there can be, it’s silky on the tongue with firm tannins. Vanilla, oak, and damp moss on the palate. This is a winner and reliable as all hell. Pretty stuff.

Bing cherry color in the glass with a ruby rim. Just the barest touch of bricking but certainly nothing to be concerned about. Spice and red fruit dominate this nose with black pepper and cherries leading the way. Fresh cut tomatoes, plums, and lavender show up too.

Showing pretty well at this age with no discernible defects. In fact, the fruit is fresh and lively. It’s not an overly complicated wine but it is classy. As much as an old reliable as there can be, it’s silky on the tongue with firm tannins. Vanilla, oak, and damp moss on the palate. This is a winner and reliable as all hell. Pretty stuff.

Sep 18th, 2020
Chris Ritter

Love this stuff.

Love this stuff.

Apr 2nd, 2019
Aaron Rankin

This is your value GR. It’s okay but nothing to write home about. Saddle leather, dry barn, old lady perfume, and sour cherries.

This is your value GR. It’s okay but nothing to write home about. Saddle leather, dry barn, old lady perfume, and sour cherries.

Jan 11th, 2019
Sylvain Rhainds

2005

Apr 2nd, 2018
Eric Urbani

Eric had this 2 years ago

Eric had this 2 years ago

Nov 13th, 2018
Robert Keeling

Robert had this a year ago

Robert had this a year ago

Nov 18th, 2019
Ricardo Sanchez

Ricardo had this 2 years ago

Ricardo had this 2 years ago

Oct 22nd, 2018