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Solaro Estate Reviews
What better place to spend a seventy degree Sunday afternoon but sitting outside at Solaro Estates and enjoying their Malbec. Nothing is fancy in the tasting room but it doesn’t need to be if you find... more »
Save your money. $15 to taste 5 horrible wines. They did have some nice outdoor seating but I️ recommend their bottled water instead of their wine more »
Great, award winning wines with friendly and extremely knowledgeable people make a tasting here a wonderful experience. True crafted vintage gems you won’t find elsewhere. more »
Great overall experience! Wine could be better but good for this area. Service was good, they were attentive and then we bought a bottle and chilled outside after the tasting.
Great winery! My fiancee and I were in the area and stopped by for a wine tasting. The quality of wine was very good and the size of the tasting was perfect. Olivia was well educated on all the wines. We bought a bottle of the Tempranillo. We look forward to returning very soon.
Nice setting and passionate staff. Wines are alright, and tasting is exaggeratedly overpriced
Robert Hugh Fritz III founded the Solaro Estate in Dripping Springs on the same property his family bought in 1909 of which he is now a co-owner. One hundred years later Solaro Estate Winery produced its first vintage and today grows the Montepulciano and Barbera varietals on the winery's eight acres and sources grapes from other parts of Texas to make nine additional wines including Tempranillo and an orange Muscat dessert wine, none of which are worth the stellar prices demanded in light of their mediocre to horribly undrinkable quality. There's not a wide division between the two extremes. We participated in a tasting conducted by the co-owner, Robert Hugh Fritz III who describes himself as a federal prosecutor (not), winery owner (co-owner), wine industry expert (not based on what we tasted on our visit) and Solaro's winemaker (hire someone who knows what they're doing Robert!) The tasting was not worth the $15/person (or even had it been complimentary) and surreal with Fritz claiming to be a federal prosecutor with a "big case" coming up soon in which he bragged he was the government's lead counsel. I found his continual references to his legal prowess (unsupported by the media or attorney rating services) as being odd for a wine tasting. In fact, while an attorney, Robert Fritz is not associated with the U.S. Attorney's Office but rather is an attorney in private practice (Fritz Law Form) in Houston, Texas. Fritz also touted the winery's awards derived from little-known "international" and local events held exclusively within the U.S. only. Taste these poor-quality wines and wonder if the judges were dishonest, inept or all the competing wines were just that bad. For the $15/person the tasting we each received parsimonious few drops of five wines representative of Solero Estate's best efforts. Fritz struggles with the pronunciation of foreign words and the names of grape varietals, taking great pride in carefully enunciating "Montepulciano" which he had obviously practiced repeatedly. The wines themselves are unbalanced, uniformly mediocre to actually, horribly undrinkable. Bring mouthwash. Fritz claims he creates his wines using superior techniques to those used in Europe. Regardless, the Montepulciano we purchased upon opening later that evening for a group of French oenophiles displayed an overwhelming aroma reminiscent of cheap nail polish and was extremely acidic on the palate, unbalanced, with no indication of any tannins whatsoever in spite of the winery's claim that this wine is aged in oak casks for twenty-four months. Fritz is apparently not a winemaker extraordinaire after all and should frankly be ashamed to market these wines at all, much less at the stellar prices demanded. No wonder no price list is evident at the winery. Surprise! As the saying goes, there's a fool born every minute and apparently Fritz counts on his overhyped presentations to impress the gullible and separate them from their hard-earned cash. No crackers or other palate-clearing bites were offered between the wines tasted. One wine was poured (sloshed) directly into the same glass as the wine just sampled without so much as a rinse beforehand. Upon purchasing a bottle of the Solaro's wine we discovered that Solero offers no discount on the its already overpriced wines for those participating in a tasting. Once fooled shame on me.... Bottom line, skip this mediocre winery and its blowhard co-owner. Spend your time instead visiting a few of the other nearby wineries, distilleries or breweries. You'll be glad you did and so will your wallet.
Best tasting wine, highly recommend the Cabernet Franc Merlot. The tastings were a bit pricey. I would like to have had a discount with the purchase of a bottle, but bought the bottle anyway since it was so flavorful and intense. Staff is highly knowledgeable with their products.
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