Wine review: Osborne Solaz Cabernet-Tempranillo 2006

There is a chance this isn’t the world’s most perfect cheap wine. But it’s a very small chance. This Spanish red is $7, and it has body and structure that most $7 wines can only dream of.  It has remarkable fruit; usually, cheap wine either has body or fruit, but rarely both.

What’s even more impressive is that the Solaz (which is widely available) is consistent from vintage to vintage, something else that you don’t see in quality cheap wine. Most good inexpensive wines will have a four-, five-, or six-year run, and then fade from the scene like old ballplayers. That’s what happened to two of my all-time favorites, Hogue’s sauvignon blanc and a red blend from France, Jaja de Jau. Great wine, and then not great.
But not the Solaz. How good is it? Even Robert Parker agrees with me, and how often does that happen?

This should please the cabernet drinkers at Thanksgiving dinner. But save it for Saturday night when everyone has gone home and you’re alone and worn out and you feel like take out pizza. Open the Solaz then, and marvel at how they do it.

A Thanksgiving wine note: I offered some Thanksgiving and holiday wine suggestions on my wine blog, The Wine Curmudgeon, earlier this week. Take a look if you still haven’t bought wine for Thursday.


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