Red

2005 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 89

  • Kevin Staveley Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 21, 2019 - This wine when poured showed a dark brownish red in colour with medium legs. To the nose this wine gave off very complex notes with hints of molasses, vanilla & chocolate coming through. To the mouth this wine was extremely smooth with no tannins & very little aftertaste which tells me it has matured and is at its peak at the moment. Still one of my most favourite wines this Rioja does not disappoint. Glad I still have 2 bottles in my cellar to enjoy over the next couple of years to see how this wine continues to develop / mature.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • pcarmich Likes this wine: 90 points

    September 15, 2019 - Comfort in a glass. The nose is all dried figs, vanilla and warm spice. The palate is practically a mirror to the nose once the initial strawberry attack fades. Elegant tannins and acidity make for the complete package that always delivers.

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  • srh Likes this wine:

    September 7, 2019 - Taste New Wines for September (San Diego Wine Co.): “88% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano, & 5% Mazuelo ...estate grown & bottled. The vyds [Oyón & Laguardia (Álava)] are located in the upper portion of the Rioja Alavesa, @ an altitude of 1,200-1,800 ft. Grapes are de-stemmed & undergo fermentation at 28°C.” Typically, “the grapes then go through a 27-day maceration period with light pumping over, followed by malolactic fermentation. Aged for 26 mos in FR & AM oak barrels, ff'd by at least 3 yrs in the bottle. 13.76% ABV, 2.4 g/L R.S., & 5.50 g/L T.A.;” 148,000 cs made.

    N: Smoke atop vanilla with undertones of earth, cherries underneath

    P: LM, poss Med, body; NICE, ALMOST swtish oak/frt met by a bit of astringent pucker as it fairly seamlessly transitions into a very LONG, BALANCED finish with a TANGY/swtness (60:40) to the unoffensive, yet firming, very, VERY fine tannins. Drinking VERY well right now, & I can see it holding through '22, poss longer. My EXC/EXC+; 93 pts ea Decanter's Tasting Panel [though later, 88 @ their '17 World Wine Awards], WS, Vinous (Raynolds) & winereviewonline.com (Lukacs), 92 WE @ $38, 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 Guía Peñin, and 88 & 90 winealign.com ! [This vendor's $29.99 is as good as any of wine-searcher's offerings.]

    Note: Also tasted on 7/14 & 28/18, and 5/4/19, this being FAR & away my most + TN of the group!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Gem of Wine wrote: 87 points

    August 10, 2019 - Dark fruits, fig, mocha.
    Bold & intense for a medium bodied wine. Balanced, with melted tannins . The ending fades quickly.
    Good food wine.
    Superb with baked tomato tuna pasta

  • belfast taxman wrote: 88 points

    August 9, 2019 - Seems to sit there on its maturity plateau for ever and ever with no change. Two recent bottles and you simply could not have told them apart and even a non-expert like me would have said Rioja if tasted blind.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Faustino
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation I Gran Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 410441512956, 8410441512093, 8410441512949, 8410441512956

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 9 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,747 (62%)
  • Consumed 1,069 (38%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Lamb, Mediterranean salads or pasta with light, not dominant cheeses

Who Likes This Wine

95% Like It  64 votes

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