Bodegas Faustino

Tinto Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

9.3120 ratings
9.314 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
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
Jacob Petersen

I had 3 of these bottles and I've consumed 2 already. Both tasted VERY different! One would be a clear 9.3, the other a 9.0. One was bright and open and with supple red cherry fruit on the nose and palette and not overly oaked. It was beautifully balanced but nothing really stood out and made a clear statement. They other seemed thicker and darker and had that funky barnyard earthiness, but with less fruit on both palette and nose. Kinds strange I thought. The good one I bought at a wine store and the other at HEB, so maybe it was a storage issue that made one seem so different and not for the better.

I had 3 of these bottles and I've consumed 2 already. Both tasted VERY different! One would be a clear 9.3, the other a 9.0. One was bright and open and with supple red cherry fruit on the nose and palette and not overly oaked. It was beautifully balanced but nothing really stood out and made a clear statement. They other seemed thicker and darker and had that funky barnyard earthiness, but with less fruit on both palette and nose. Kinds strange I thought. The good one I bought at a wine store and the other at HEB, so maybe it was a storage issue that made one seem so different and not for the better.

1 person found it helpfulSep 21st, 2016
Brian Thompson

Sales & Marketing Krupp Brothers Winery, Stagecoach Vineyard

9.2

Quite enjoyable. Dark cherries, tar and cigar box on the nose. A bit of brett but in a good way. Barolo-like on the nose but more medium bodied on the palate. A solid buy!

Quite enjoyable. Dark cherries, tar and cigar box on the nose. A bit of brett but in a good way. Barolo-like on the nose but more medium bodied on the palate. A solid buy!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 25th, 2016
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
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