2011 Sparrow Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon

sparrow hawk 2011 CabIf you are an impatient wine drinker, you don’t want to read this review.  But for those of us willing to wait a bit for the good stuff, then you need to check out the Sparrow Hawk 2011 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  Under $20 Napa Cabs….that are good….are hard to find.  In the past, I’ve relied upon the Kirkland Signature bottlings, although most of them are now at the $20 price point.  However, while Sparrow Hawk has priced this cabernet at its winery for $35, it is selling it at Costco for $16.  This is a very good value for a nice example of what Napa can do to this noble grape. But, alas, there’s a catch; the wine starts slowly and doesn’t strut its stuff until the second day.

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2013 Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon BlancTalk about a tangy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…this wine takes it to new heights.  This wine has a huge spicy, acidic finish, that I really enjoyed given the super hot Atlanta summer day on which I enjoyed it.  But outside of an environment like that, it may be a little much for some wine fans.  If you are a fan of New Zealand style Sauvignon Blancs, then you at least need to try this one to see what you think.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #13

Costco Wine Cartoons 12Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of Gone With The Wine and Dining Out — Way Out!

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2012 Bridlewood Red Blend 175

bridlewood red blendA very decent California syrah-blend for $10?   Yup.  Bridlewood is a winery that made its reputation producing some very nice syrah-based wines at the $20-30 price point.   For the first time, in memory,  one of its offerings has arrived at Costco and is being sold at a marked-down price of $10.49.

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2011 Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell

2011 Tarima Hill Old Vine MonastrellToday we have a guest wine review from the Fermented Fruit, looking at a wine we’ve reviewed and greatly enjoyed in previous vintages.  Sounds like the 2011 is a winner too.

Bodegas Volver produces wines from it’s extensive holdings of approximately 834 acres spread across the Spanish wine regions of Alicante, Jumilla and La Mancha. Of those impressive holdings (which the winery has plans to expand further), 457 acres are located in the Alicante. Despite having a history of wine production for over 2,000 years, Alicante is still better known for its beaches than its wines.

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2011 Senorio de Barahonda Barrica

2011 Senorio de Barahonda BarricaI’ve been loving the Spanish wines making their way into Costco recently and this big red blend falls in line nicely, offering huge flavor and complexity for only $10.99.  These Spanish reds (and even the recent whites like this Albarino) offer just ridiculous value compared to what you will find from other places in the wine world.

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NV Casal Garcia Vinho Verde

Casal Garcia Vinho VerdeThis is an interesting pick for a light, refreshing summer wine that’s a bit different than others you are probably drinking.  This Portuguese white has a little effervescence to it and at only $6.59 is a good one to stock up on if you enjoy this style.  I would definitely recommending trying a bottle though before you buy too many.  I can see the effervescence turning some people away.  But I found it to be a nice change of pace, and an excellent choice for summer cuisine and hot weather.

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2012 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du Pape

2012 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du PapeAlright, here’s one I know a lot of readers have been interested in – the 2012 vintage of the always awesome Kirkland Chateauneuf.  I’ve been anxiously waiting to get my hands on one of these given the amount of reader comments I’ve already received singing the praises of the current offering.  And I’m a fan too.

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2012 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon BlancI was excited to find this bottle priced at $16.99 at Costco.  At the time, I knew it was typically much more and after searching online I found the regular price tips closer to $26-$28 with a few online outlets going down to $20 [NOTE 7/24: we've been informed by readers that some Costco stores are carrying this for $22 now.]  I’ve visited Stags Leap Wine Cellars multiple times (love their SLV Cab), and knew this was a bargain not to be missed.  I only bought two bottles, but plan to head back and grab a few more after greatly enjoying it.  As a bonus 2012 was a great growing year in Napa.

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90 Point Rated Costco Wines from 2014 So Far

Since it’s right around mid-year, I wanted to take a minute to outline the wines that we’ve really enjoyed so far in 2014.  Below is a list of wines that we scored 90 points or above, and that we highly recommend you keep an eye out for at Costco.  Most of these will be gone, but Costco’s wine inventory is such a moving target and varies so much around the country, that you never know what you’ll find.  Happy hunting.

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