Faustino I Gran Reserva 2005

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Faustino I Gran Reserva 2005

The Faustino Brand has been a household wine for many consumers for decades. In recent years however it has been met with fierce competition in an evolving and faster than ever moving market. Faustino still packs a punch and should not be brushed off as just another household wine. Tradition and immense focus on quality has for the past 150 years laid the foundation for a wine brand that still can compete with some of the very best wines in the world.


The Bodegas Faustino vineyards was established by Don Eleuterio Martinez Arzok in 1861 for the sole purpose of producing and selling wine in bulk. Faith however wanted otherwise, and in 1930 it was passed onto his son Faustino Martinez Perez de Albeniz. He was the first to bottle his wine in Rioja and history started to unfold. In 1957 the Faustino family went global and the Faustino brand has been an international brand ever since. To this day Bodegas Faustino is still a family owned business with 650 Hectares of vineyards under their ownership, selling their wines to 47 countries.


Faustino I is made from a blend of Mainly Tempranillo grapes (80%), with the rest of the blend comprised of Graziano and Mazuelo. It is stored in both French and American oak barrels for a minimum of 26 Months. Then bottled and stored in the cellar for an additional minimum of 3 years before it is put on the market.


Faustino I Gran Reserva 2005

Intense bouquet of ripe forest berries, dried dark plums and fennel with hints of smoked meat, leather and vanilla. Developed and complex flavours on the palate with a long lingering finish.

Pairs with: Lamb, Osso Buco and Beef

Drink: 10-12 years

Producer: Bodegas Faustino

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.