2010 Gordon Estate Columbia Valley Merlot

2010 Gordon Estate Columbia Valley MerlotI realized it had been a while since we reviewed a Merlot so I was excited to find one from Columbia Valley for $14.99 on my latest trip to Costco.  This wine really surprised me, and I’m generally more of a Merlot lover than hater anyway, but this is really a nicely assembled wine with a little age that is drinking rather well right now.

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2013 Lagar de Cervera Albarino Rias Baixas

2013 Lagar de Cervera Albarino Rias BaixasAlbarinos are such a good go-to white wine for the summer months, and this bottle is a stellar Costco purchase for $14.99, representing about the best quality I’ve had in these wines at this price from the Rias Baixas region of Spain.

It seems like Albarino really started to catch on in the US over the last 12 months, and I’ve seen prices steadily increase on many bottles I used to be able to buy for $10-$12 (the Nora Albarino comes to mind).  So when they enter the aisles of Costco, I typically jump on them.

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2011 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Hess SelectThe following is a guest review of a Costco wine compliments of the fine folks at The Fermented Fruit.

On a recent trip to Costco in Arlington I was originally on the hunt for one of my new favorite Spanish bargains, the Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell, when I spotted the Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. I had tasted prior vintages by the glass at several restaurants who pour this as their house Cabernet Sauvignon, but I had never actually committed to a full bottle. It’s not often you order house wine that actually tastes somewhat varietally correct and like…real wine. I decided at under $12 it was about time to pull the trigger and give it a shot.

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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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