Toro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)

Toro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)

The name means ‘Crazy Bull’ and well, you would have to be crazy to believe that a £3.79 wine could be any good. Wouldn’t you?

If there is any region of Spain that could produce a credible red wine at this price, it’s going to be the area around Valencia. Last year’s review of Las Falleras talked about that region’s reputation for decent but keenly priced offerings, and Toro Loco is from the same place. But even Las Falleras costs £5.29 now. It’s difficult to imagine how you can knock £1.50 off that and still have a reasonable product left over. And Tempranillo isn’t reputed to be the easiest of varieties to work with either.

Tasting Toro Loco instantly reminded me an awful lot of the Cano Tempranillo-Garnacha, featured recently on wineontrial. I didn’t have many good things to say about that wine. But fortunately, Toro Loco is slightly better in every possible way.

The cherry flavour is juicy and pronounced, and it resembles real fruit rather than something artificial. The medicinal note in Cano isn’t really there. In its place is a pleasant note of liquorice. The tannins in Toro Loco don’t assault your gums, and the acidity level is a welcome notch higher than Cano’s. Put all these improvements together and what you have is a wine which is pretty simple, but fun to drink.

I don’t know how you make a pleasant wine for £3.79 a bottle. It defies logic, and yet, as it turns out, it is possible.

Tom BradfordToro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)

4 Comments on “Toro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)”

  1. David Noble

    Having just tried the “improved” 2014 a Toro Loco I find that it is a lot drier than the previous 2013 incarnation!
    In fact we have just done a tasting of the two and the 2014 is definitely not a good as the 2013 version.
    I have bought this wine ever since it came to Aldi a few years ago and my wife and I are now very disappointed with this “improved” presentation. Will not be buying it again and that’s a shame!

    1. Tom Bradford

      Hi David

      Thanks for the tip! There might be a new bargain basement red on the market just at the right time – Morrisons Merlot, £4.49 a bottle, sneaked a silver at this year’s International Wine Challenge. Sounds like we’d be loco not to try it!

  2. James

    See, I really enjoyed the 2013 vintage of Toro Loco, the next bottle I bought was the 2014 variety. Although it is different, I found the 2014 slightly sweeter and not as complex as the 2013. I still found it to be a very nice red wine. Irrespective of the price. I’ve tried red wine at double this price, and it hasn’t been as nice as this.

    1. Tom Bradford

      James, thanks for your contribution to the site. I’m a great believer that wine at any price point can be good, bad or indifferent value for money. Despite what some people would like you to believe, a £5 bottle can occasionally be better than a lot of £10 bottles!

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