2012 St Urbans-Hof Mosel Riesling

2012 St Urbans-Hof Mosel RieslingThis is a beautiful Riesling for $15.99 at my Costco.  I was looking for a bit of a different white wine to review that would be really food friendly, and this turned out to be just the right pick.

Mosel is the epicenter of many awesome dry Rieslings, and while this bottle has a touch of sweetness to it, it remains rather dry and clean, and should satisfy most palates.  Citrus, lemon and lime on the nose, leads to flavors of peach, apricot, pear and sour apple with some tart on the finish.  This wine has a nice body to it, not feeling too light or puny.  The finish is really superb, clean and refreshing.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #14

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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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2008 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva

2008 Montecillo Rioja ReservaI’ve always enjoyed the Montecillo Riojas and was pumped to see a 2008 Reserva hit Costco shelves for only $10.99.  This is a great bargain on a solid wine for red fans that’s already aged and ready to enjoy now.

Dried floral nose with some spice; on the palate flavors of dark fruit, with leather and hints of black licorice; the tannins are nice and soft presenting a great mouthfeel.  On day two, this wine opened up even more with the fruit really starting to come through.  This is an excellent price for this wine.  You’d be hard pressed to find many Cabs or blends priced around $10 that are more enjoyable than this one.  A nice food wine too, versatile to pair with just about anything.

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2013 Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

Whispering Angel RoseI’ve been meaning to get around to trying this Costco Rose.  It’s been a reader favorite, a frequently mentioned wine across the social networks and was priced at $18.99 at my Costco, which I think is an ok price (I’ve seen it elsewhere closer to $15).  We decided to pair this on a summer day with a fresh Greek salad consisting of cucumber, tomato, avocado and feta with a homemade Greek Vinaigrette.  It was an excellent combo.

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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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