Faustino I Gran Reserva


Among the most impressive traditions of the great wine houses in the Rioja, with a long maturity of the wines at the winery,  Faustino is, without a doubt, one of the most famous ones.

Smooth, complex and delicious, with barrel characteristics, Faustino Gran Reserva is aged for 26 months in French and American oak barrels, and  8 years in bottles before the wine is realeased.
The colour is cherry red  but also clearly translucent, ageing, however, has brought almost nothing to the actual color; folding the edges, you’ll find just slightly red-brown tones. The nose is classic, with tertiary aromas of paprika, leather and spices, highly recognizable as Rioja, clean and balanced. The palate is medium-bodied and polished with a fine texture, good acidity and persistence.


Grape: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graziano, 5% Mazuelo

Year: 2004

Origin: Rioja

Colour: Cherry red

Bouquet: Rich and deep with ripe cherry notes, sweet and delicate cedar oak, dark chocolate, leather and delicate vanilla.

Taste: Smooth and velvety on the palate with excellent integration of cake fruits and spicy with a hint of vanilla on the finish.

Awards: Gold Medal at the prestigious German competition Mundus Vini, flagship of the winery and the Rioja most exported Gran Reserva.

Ideally wine to beef, game, mutton or lamb, and strong cheeses.

3 thoughts on “Faustino I Gran Reserva

  1. topochinesvino says:

    Nice post! My mother was rom Spain and this was one of her favorite wines (the I and the V). I once bought her a 30-year-old bottle of Faustino but it was not good. Not sure if it was the age or the storage method. I would have expected the wine to hold up, though, so it was probably poorly stored. PS – have you had Marques de Riscal? That was my mother’s favorite “everyday” wine.

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    • BartenderPHD says:

      I don’t know what’s happening with Spanish wines, they had a lot of complains lately. Vintage wines often taste incredibly young, and they don’t have a hint of oak at all, it’s kinda disappointing. As about the Marquez de Riscal, I haven’t tasted it yet but I found at the liquor store a 2011 Gran Reserva, so I´ll get that next. 😊 Thank you!

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      • topochinesvino says:

        I was at the Marques de Riscal winery in Spain a couple of years ago and it is worth visiting. The Gran Reserva you purchased is a good value for the money I think.


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