Castillo San Simon Tempranillo

Well, today is a special day. I’m wrapping up the Castillo San Simon series on the blog and my second daughter is in the process of being born. My life is going to get a bit crazy with a newborn being thrown into the mix, so I am going to take a couple of weeks to enjoy our new addition and clear my mind of the need to spend the few free moments I’ll have on the blog.

Name: Castillo San Simon Tempranillo
Winery: Castillo San Simon
Vintage: NV
Region: Spain
Alcohol by Vol.: 12.5%
Price:  $3.33
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if you think that I’ll ever find a good wine between $3 and $4.)


I opened the wine and got hit with a lot of berries, most noticeably strawberry. This doesn’t surprise me though. I have not encountered a Tempranillo that wasn’t heavy with fruit aromas. On the downside, I was able to pickup some of the alcohol in the smell. It the wine was a deep purple with good clarity.

I tasted it and…I like it. I definitely got the berry flavors, strawberry and a little bit of cherry, and some earthiness. It was simple, not too rough on the palate, had a short finish that wasn’t offensive. Other than the fact that it wasn’t as complex as some Tempranillos that I’ve tried in the past, I can’t find anything bad to say about this wine.

Rating:  Try Again

I would actually buy another bottle of this wine again. I recommend that you all go out and try it. You might be pleasantly surprised like I was during this tasting.  

Well, I’m off to go rejoin the world of diapers, sleepless nights, and crying. I’m sure that the baby is going to do some stuff too, but we’ll deal with it as it comes.

Stuart Bankey
My name is Stuart and I live in San Antonio, TX. My love affair with wine started when I was in graduate school. I didn’t use loans to pay for school, so we had to be as frugal as possible. I also started to experiment with wine during this time. It took a little while, but I was able to pick out flavors in wine and started to realize that there were some good (and bad) wines that could be found for under $15 a bottle. I decided to start a blog to act as an outlet for my creative energies and talk about the wine that I have tried.

One Response to “Castillo San Simon Tempranillo

  • Paulette
    5 months ago

    I totally agree with your review! This is my go to wine. My son had sent me 3 wines in the $20-$30 range. Only one of them was a good as this Castillo San Simon Tempranillo. Lucky me “my” HEB is only a mile away!

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