Review: 2001 Faustino 1 Gran Reserva

Wine can be enjoyed anywhere but it’s best with delicious food and in the presence of close family and friends. The science shows that wine, and other beverages, can taste different based on where we are and how we’re feeling. I always find that wine tastes better when shared with others, all the better when it’s a truly interesting wine.


I enjoyed this delightful 2001 Faustino 1 Gran Reserva last night with BBQ’d Cedar Plank Salmon, roasted root vegetables and peach salsa. At 16 years this medium-bodied red was quite fresh and displaying enough acidity to pair well with the salmon. Cedar notes from the wine accentuated the cedar notes from the fish. Further notes of black cherries, baking spices, plum, tobacco and forest floor. Not an inexpensive wine but worth the price (in most markets).