2011 Gerard Bertrand Syrah-Grenache Languedoc

2011 Gerard BertrandThis red blend from France’s (Southern) Languedoc region is an excellent wine and it was only $9.99 at my Costco store.   It is a blend of Syrah and Grenache, two varietals that both thrive in the southern parts of France.  The wine is drinking at a perfect point right now, having spent a little time developing its full character, which really comes through.

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2013 Amalgama Lagar De Bezana

2013 Amalgama Lagar De BezanaI had posted about this wine before on Twitter/FB since it was on sale for $8.99, down from a normal price of $15.  I figured with such a steep discount it had to be worth a shot.  But this wine came up a bit short for me, even at the very reasonable $8.99 price tag.

I generally enjoy red blends, particularly those that know what they want to taste like.  Others are just a hodge podge of different varietals that only sometimes work for me.  This wine was a little disjointed in what it wanted to be.  It’s primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Syrah, but the balance of the varietals just didn’t come together this time.

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2013 Dr Wagner Riesling Kabinett

Dr Wagner Label

Our friends over The Fermented Fruit reviewed a Costco Riesling they enjoyed.  Click on over to read their review.

“I don’t drink many Rieslings, mostly because I’m not a huge fan of sweetness in my wines. Rieslings are however considered to be amongst the greatest age-worthy white wines, and they aren’t always very sweet, if at all. I very much enjoyed a Riesling recently while visiting Long Island Wine Country at Paumanok Vineyards so when I spotted the Dr. Wagner Riesling Kabinett at my local Costco I decided to give it a try.”

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2011 WillaKenzie Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir

2011 WillaKenzie Estate Cuvee Pinot NoirI enjoyed this wine, but was hoping for just a bit more depth for an Oregon Pinot that Costco was selling for $19.69, and one that is priced closer to $30 elsewhere.

Everything here is really enjoyable and I love my Oregon Pinots (almost as much as my Oregon Ducks, even though that loss last week was painful).  I was just hoping for a bit more out of this wine.  I was really looking for a solid $20 go-to-anytime Oregon Pinot that had more depth and was just a little more interesting through the long haul (I guess that is a lot to ask for in the $20 range, but I’ve been faring pretty good this year as far as Costco wine bargains).

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #15

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Doug 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 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

2012 Wente Riva Ranch ChardonnayThis was a pleasant, food friendly Chardonnay that I found to be a decent buy for $15.99 at Costco.  This Chardonnay falls more into the creamy, oaky style than I normally prefer, but it was delivered in such subtle doses and balanced so nicely that I came to rather enjoy the wine by the end of the night.

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2012 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay

2012 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve ChardonnayI’ve always enjoyed the Grand Reserve Chardonnays from Kendall Jackson because they taste great and the Costco price is always remarkable.  For 2012, which was a banner growing year in California, the Grand Reserve returns to Costco shelves, and for the bargain price of $12.99.  Do a quick search online and see how many online outlets sell this wine even close to that price.  The standard price for this bottle is $19.99, and it drinks like you would expect from a $20 Chardonnay from a great year.

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2011 Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse Chardonnay

2011 Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse ChardonnayLouis Latour is an wine-exporting legend.   They are negociants who bring a sizeable number of decent French wines to foreign markets dating back to the 70’s, if not before.   Among their bestknown exports is the Pouilly-Fuisse.   Occasionally, it will appear on Costco’s shelves – most recently in 2010.   Well, it’s back and at a lower price, to boot.  This is a white burgundy at $13.99 is a about $3-8 less than what you’d pay at other winesellers.  (BevMo is currently offering it for $21.99)  It offers that very-French-like lovely, crisp, smooth, lemony, chardonnay for which you’d expect to pay over $20.

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2011 Pinoylet Garnacha

2011 Pinoylet GarnachaA nice buy on this Spanish Garnacha for only $10.79 at Costco.  It seems like these inexpensive Spanish reds just keep rolling into Costco stores, which is a great opportunity for us.  I really don’t think there are many other reds for $10 that taste this good.  This wine isn’t going to redefine everything you know about wine.  But it will make you think twice before you grab that $10 Sonoma cab that isn’t half as good.

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2013 Frogs Leap Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Frogs Leap Rutherford Sauvignon BlancThis is one of those insta-purchase Costco wines for me.  I’m a big fan of Frog’s Leap wines, have visited and greatly enjoyed the winery, and am sitting on some nice Rutherford Cabs from them that are aging in the cellar.  I’d had the 2013 Sauv Blanc at a dinner a few months back and enjoyed it; so obviously was happy to see this bottle at Costco.  It’s price of $18.99 is decent, but not mind blowing.  You can find this wine elsewhere between $17-$20, but if you see it at Costco and want to enjoy a nice Napa Sauvignon Blanc, this is a good one for you.

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