1964 Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1139663 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 With its dried-cherry and rose-petal aromas and flavors, this beautiful, mature red is every bit the equivalent of a fine, older Bordeaux or Burgundy. Cumin and cinnamon show on the palate and the refined finish is lovely, with anise and white pepper accents.  (5/2001)

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2013 | Send Email
Another treat from this amazing old cellar of Spanish wine is the '64 Faustino. The nose offers notes of celery seed, tar, leather, dried orange peel, licorice and a hint of soy sauce. On the palate there is still a ripe full middle core of fleshy fruit supported by good acidity with seamless balance and fine length. A special wine indeed!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2013 | Send Email
What a treat for an old wine lover! The 1964 Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja not only has the maturity of decades in the bottle, but also is a glimpse at another era of production, and a different set of values for greatness in wine. It comes from a time without 100 point scores, when greatness was more associated with light wines rather than heavy ones, and fine wine was a part of a civilized table instead of pageant style tastings. This Gran Reserva has a walnut/ ruby color and a sweet, woodsy compote bouquet. In the mouth it still has plenty of red, sweet fruit and some rancio flavors that add complexity. This tannin free wine will be a great partner to chorizo heavy paella!

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.