Red

2005 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 83

  • nzinkgraf wrote:

    May 17, 2019 - 26m in French and American oak. Then 3 years in bottle. Definitely not a modern expression. Opaque glass for the bottle. Again, surprising. Maybe not the highest level of excitement, but worth more inspection.

  • srh Likes this wine:

    May 4, 2019 - Spanish Reds [5-Riojas & 1-Castilla y León] (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Generally, 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, & 5% Mazuelo "...estate grown & bottled. The vyds are located in the upper portion of the Rioja Alavesa, at an altitude of 1,200-1,800 ft. Grapes are de-stemmed & undergo fermentation at 86°F. The grapes then go through a 27-day maceration period with light pumping over, followed by malolactic fermentation." The wines age for 26-28 months in FR & AM oak barrels, ff'd by at least 3 yrs in the bottle. 148,000 cs made.

    N: RIPE berries with undertones of vanilla?

    P: MF body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by some astringent pucker which pretty much resolves by the LONG finish with a tangy/swtness & POSS incipient quasi-bitter flatness to the dusty tannins. For now, but should also make its 20th. 13.5% ABV; My VG+/EXC-. 93 pts Decanter's Tasting Panel [though later, 88 @ their '17 World Wine Awards], 93 WS, 92 WE @ $38, 91 Wine & Spirits, and 90 Guía Peñin. [This vendor's now $29.95 is as good as any of wine-searcher's offerings.]

    Note: Also tasted 7/28/2018

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • wmccone54 wrote: 90 points

    April 28, 2019 - Austin Food & Wine Festival. Similar to my note last year in WSET Level 3.

  • DennisLim83 Likes this wine: 90 points

    April 18, 2019 - Fine Wines SG - “Judgement of Paris” Bordeaux Blend Dinner (The Communal Bistro Delicacy - CBD): A very big blackberry and stew. Quite cooked and cheesy

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Yagil wrote: 89 points

    April 4, 2019 - Mature Rioja tasting: dark opaque red-purple
    med- intensity aromas of red cherries, earth, toasted oak - but very tight
    developing
    lean structured, dark red fruity flavours, good acidity level, firm tannins, sour dark plums, smoked meat, medium minus complexity, mint-eucalyptus tones, medium length sour roasted fruits finish and aftertaste
    decant for 2-3 hours
    can drink now - suitable for further ageing

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    Rioja Looks Back and Ahead (Feb 2019), 2/1/2019 (link)

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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 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,702 (65%)
  • Consumed 929 (35%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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

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95% Like It  60 votes

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