2010 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva

2010 frescobaldi nipozzano chiantiThe Frescobaldi Nipozzano is one of my go-to bottles, versatile for almost any occasion, and a real treat for only $18.99 at Costco.  I’ve enjoyed many of Frescobaldi’s wines over the years.  They make some excellent wines at the high and low ends, and they are generally a good name to remember when perusing any wine aisle or wine list.  In our new book on “Decoding Italian Wine” we used the 2008 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino as an example of how to decode an Italian wine label (and that is an excellent wine too).

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2010 Northstar Merlot

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[Our friends at The Fermented Fruit recently discovered this Costco Merlot bargain.  On sale for $19.99, normally $41 retail.  You can read their full review here.  Sounds like a winner, described as a Cab lover’s Merlot.]

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2012 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet It’s nice to see more 2012 Napa Cabs starting to roll in as the rather unimpressive 2011s are hopefully beginning to cycle through.  2012 was a banner year, and when you see the Mondavi Cab available for only $19.99 at Costco, it’s certainly worth exploring.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #18

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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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2010 Lincourt Chardonnay Courtneys

lincourt chardonnayI reviewed this wine more than a year ago, and really enjoyed it then at a price point of $14.99.  I was a little surprised to see the same wine, same vintage, back at Costco just this week with a price tag of almost half of the old one, only $8.99.  So it was an easy decision to pick one up and see if it impressed me as much as it did back in November of 2013.

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2009 Bodegas Garcia de Aranda Ribera del Duero Senorio de los Baldios Crianza

2009 Bodegas Garcia de Aranda RiberaThis is a lovely wine and a perfect example of the quality you can find in Spanish wines under $20 (this bottle was $16.89 at my local Costco). Clearly a winner for fans of Ribera and Rioja wines, but if you enjoy rich reds with perfect finesse and body, this one is for you.

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2011 Chateau La Croix Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

2011 chateau croix figeacWhen I see a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru at Costco for $20 it automatically jumps into my cart.  I’m glad this one did.  Obviously seeing “Figeac” on the label makes this bottle even more attractive, and the fact that these grapes are grown near the premier Chateau Figeac, and not far from the super premier Chateau Cheval Blanc, means this is one wine that demanded proper exploration.

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2010 Chateau Doyac Haut Medoc

2010 Chateau Doyac Haut MedocWe stumbled upon a Bordeaux (mostly Merlot) this X-mas season that convinced us that we MUST have been really good boys and girls this year because Santa delivered big time (We can’t help but wondering how many cases of this wine is being cellared in the North Pole).

This is a mouth-watering, lip-smacking 2010 Bordeaux priced at $12.79. Unfortunately, the odd pricing suggests that Costco has a limited supply of this wine so you’ve got to move quickly and snap up this wine. What we look for from a value-priced Bordeaux is a smooth, balanced wine that makes food sing and shout “oh YEAH”! This one boasts cherry and pomegranate notes, with lots of dusty and lusty French terrior but smooth as a baby’s bottom. The tannin is very soft but with body and a surprisingly long finish.

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2012 Luiano Chianti Classico

Luiano Chianti ClassicoTo commemorate the publishing on our new book, Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the “Land of Wine,” I will be reviewing a string of what I think (and hope) will be awesome Italian wines I found at Costco in December. 

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2010 Allegrini Veronese Palazzo Della Torre

Palazzo della TorreTo commemorate the publishing on our new book, Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the “Land of Wine,” I will be reviewing a string of what I think (and hope) will be awesome Italian wines I found at Costco in December.

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