2014 Soledad Ucles Solmayor Tempranillo
Just a heads up, I’m working on a book about Spanish wines as part of my Decoding Wine Series, so I’m going to be scooping up as many as I can find at Costco and in particular, will be looking for those from smaller, more diverse regions within Spain. I am a big fan of Spanish wines, and believe right now, that they offer some of the best quality, style and value in the world of wine. At $6.99, which about as cheap as a bottle gets, even at Costco, I figured this was a good one to start with, but it ended up falling a bit flat of my expectations.
At first, it tastes like a red Starburst (Cherry) and after a little air tasted like the pink Starburst (Strawberry). Lots of candy, tart, Pez. Not really what I was in the mood for and the high sugar was a bit of a distraction that was hard to get past. There’s not a lot going on here at all, finishes fast, not very memorable, so this is not a wine that I can recommend, even at $6.99. I guess it would make a good late night drinker when you don’t want to open something expensive.
Tempranillo can be a lot better than this. If you’re on a budget at Costco, and looking for super inexpensive bottles, I think that you can do better with some other options.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 85 Points
Costco item number: 1043557
Purchased at Costco in Atlanta, GA